Posted by William Nunnelley on 2000-01-26

Samford University has named Dr. Joe O. Lewis, Associate Provost for Academic Administration at the school since 1992, to serve as Acting Provost.

Dr. Lewis will fill the role of chief academic officer held by Provost James S. Netherton, who will become President of Carson-Newman College in Tennessee Feb. 1.

"We are all reluctant to give up Jim and Patricia Netherton, but we are proud that Jim has been elected to the Presidency of Carson-Newman College," said Samford President Thomas E. Corts. "I have asked Dr. Joe O. Lewis to serve as Acting Provost until such time as a new provost is chosen so that business-as-usual in the Provost's Office will continue."

"Dr. Lewis served previously as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Dean and Chairman of the Religion Department at Georgetown (Ky.) College. He has also taught at Cumberland (Ky.) College.

Lewis holds the B.A. degree from Southeast Missouri State University and the Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. An Old Testament scholar, he has written numerous articles for scholarly journals and denominational publications.


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.