Dr. Ken Mathews is a faculty member in our Beeson School of Divinity.  His wife, Dea, serves as an analyst in institutional effectiveness.  Together, they are among the nicest people at Samford--or on the planet, for that matter.  Ken had heart surgery a few days ago.  (The great news is that he is home now, resting and recovering.)  The day after his surgery, as his nurse visited the room, Ken motioned for the nurse to pass him pen and paper.  Of course, the nurse assumed that Ken would write something along the lines of "I'm in pain," or "I need this or that."  Instead, imagine the nurse's surprise when he read Ken's message:  "You are doing a really good job.  Thank you."  


The world is better because Ken and Dea Mathews live out their faith, even in moments of adversity. 



About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.