Published on November 4, 2014 by Katie Stripling  
Patricia Terry

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, recently recognized Patricia H. Terry, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, as a Fellow. This designation recognizes Terry's commitment to the field of dietetics and celebrates her professional accomplishments and pursuit of life-long learning.

According to the Academy, a Fellow signifies that a member has lived up to the Academy’s values of customer focus, integrity, innovation and social responsibility.  “Dr. Terry consistently demonstrates the values of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” said Nena F. Sanders, vice provost of Samford’s College of Health Sciences. “She is a servant leader, who is committed to mentoring students and faculty, while also serving her community and profession,” Sanders added.  

Terry joined the Samford faculty in 1990. In 2011, she was named an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Educator; she was elected Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the Birmingham District Dietetic Association in 1998 and 2006. For 18 years, Terry was a food columnist for The Birmingham News and she is a charter member, of the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.  

In addition to student research that has been mentored by Terry and presented at the state and national level, she has written a book, Made for Paradise, God’s Original Plan for Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Rest.  Inspiration for her book, came from 12 years of work as a nutritionist and educator while serving as a missionary in Venezuela.  Her community activities revolve around professional issues related to nutrition and dietetics such as health fairs, healthy living seminars and cooking classes. 

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.