Samford University Names 19th President

Samford University, the United States third largest traditional Baptist university, names Beck Taylor as its 19th president.

Taylor will succeed Andrew Westmoreland, who is retiring after serving 15 years as president. No stranger to the Baptist-affiliated schools, prior to being named president, Taylor served as Dean of Samford’s Brock School of Business from 2005 to 2010.

According to the Trustee Board Chair, William Stevens, Taylor “brings an exceptional record of academic leadership, demonstrated success in fundraising, and a personal commitment to Samford.”

In remarks after being named Samford’s next president, Taylor said, “Samford is a crown jewel in Christian higher education, and it is committed to pursuing excellence at the intersection of faith and learning…My wife, Julie, and I already love this place and its people, and we look forward to the journey ahead.”

Under Westmoreland’s leadership, Samford’s enrollment increased by 30% and had 11 consecutive years of enrollment growth. Additionally, more than 30 new academic programs were added at the undergraduate and graduate levels, while overseeing more $100 million in its physical campus improvement.

Currently, Samford University has an enrollment of 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic schools/colleges. A Houston native, Taylor received his undergraduate education from Baylor University double majoring in economics and finance. He went on to earn a master of science degree and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University.

Source: The Alabama Baptist