Published on July 12, 2022 by Daniel Dodson  

Ken Roxburgh came to Samford in August 2002 as the Armstrong Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion.

Roxburgh said he will miss his students and colleagues the most while in retirement. He said one of his best memories was bringing different views into the classroom from around the world.

“I invited various lecturers to fulfill the endowed lectureships such as John J. Collins from Yale Divinity School and Paul Fiddes from Oxford University. These were great opportunities for students to hear from world-class professors,” Roxburgh said.

Roxburgh said he has had the opportunity to preach in 24 different churches across the South.

“Mainly Baptist, but also Presbyterian, Episcopal and Methodist in Alabama, Tennessee and Florida,” Roxburgh said. “I preached around 165 sermons, plus Sunday school lessons. In addition I had the opportunity to serve as pastor for preaching and teaching at Southside Baptist Church in Five Points South for over five years.”

Roxburgh said he is excited for retirement and to be closer with his family.

“I have retired to live in Scotland to be near my two daughters and four grandchildren, and eat haggis, neeps and tatties to my heart’s content,” Roxburgh said.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.