Published on January 20, 2015  

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama has named Samford University chemistry professor and Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives Denise Gregory one of 10 “Women of Distinction” for 2015.

The Women of Distinction program pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement, and are exemplary role models for girls.

Dr. Gregory joined Samford’s faculty in 2004. Prior to coming to Samford, she held a post-doctoral research position with the United States Department of Agriculture (Catfish Genetics Research Unit) and was a faculty member at Tuskegee University. Gregory’s research focuses on bioremediation of pharmaceutical drugs found in wastewater.

The other 2015 Women of Distinction are:

• Rebekah Elgin Council, Birmingham – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, VP Marketing
• Ms. Melissa Elliott, Huntsville – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc., Human Resources Manager
• Dr. Denise Jones Gregory, Birmingham - Samford University, Asst. Professor/Director of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives
• Dr. Doreen Harper, Birmingham – Dean, UAB School of Nursing
• Dr. Vicki H. Karolewics, Hanceville – Wallace State Community College, President
• Jean Lynch, Birmingham – Alabama Power Company, Human Resources Manager
• Valerie Ramsbacher, Birmingham – Regions Bank, VP Corporate Advocacy
• Erica Sheffield, Lincoln – Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC., Counsel
• Dr. Annette Shelby, Tuscaloosa – Georgetown University, Professor Emerita

The organization will formally recognize the group at a March 6 luncheon. Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Luncheon will provide direct support to Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, which serves more than 14,000 girl members in 36 counties.

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.