Published on January 25, 2017 by William A. Nunnelley  
Bumgarner and Hynds
Bumgarner and Hynds

Samford Math and Computer Science Department professor and chair Emily Hynds has earned the university's Jennings B. Marshall Award for Service. Samford provost Mike Hardin announced the honor at Samford's semester-opening convocation Jan. 24.

The convocation celebrated service generally as part the school’s 175th anniversary.  “This morning we celebrate 175 years of scholarship and service and those who, across the years, have empowered students to become servant leaders and to be equipped with confidence, compassion and knowledge,” said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.

Westmoreland recognized Samford’s current faculty and about 50 retired faculty and staff who attended the program as special guests.

The printed program for the service also listed 84 Faculty Emerita in university history. The designation is awarded to retired faculty members who have attained distinction in their academic careers through effective teaching, scholarship and fulfilling major positions of academic responsibility.

In addition to the honor for Hynds, the late Gary Bumgarner, associate professor of pharmaceutical, social and administrative sciences, posthumously was honored with the George M. Macon Memorial Award for teaching. Bumgarner died unexpectedly in September.

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.