Michael  Black
Assistant Director of Admission, Student Recruitment and Scholarships
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
1128 CHS Building 1

Michael Black was drawn to Samford University for its unique blend of academic excellence and Christ-centered focus. A native of Starkville, Mississippi, he begins his 19th year of professional higher education service. Previous institutions served include Texas A&M University, Mississippi State University and East Mississippi Community College-Golden Triangle Campus. "Serving students, their families and opening the doors of higher education is God's calling for my life. I have never been to 'work' a day in my life because students are my passion. Samford University is a special place with exceptional students," Black said.

He enjoys traveling and keeping up with his beloved Mississippi State University baseball team. Black has also served as a deacon at First Baptist-Bryan in Texas and First Baptist-Starkville in Mississippi. 

Degrees and Certificates

  • Master of Science, higher education administration, Bay Path University
  • Bachelor of Science, interdisciplinary studies, Mississippi State University
  • Ruffalo-Noel Levitz Enrollment Management Certification, Ruffalo-Noel Levitz
  • National Education Policy Fellowship, Institute for Educational Leadership


  • Honoring Excellence Award, Texas A&M University, 2020


  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), member
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), member


Enrollment management, academic advising, recruitment, retention and persistence, first-year experience, student organization advisement, strategic communication, public relations