Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2001-02-01

Former Alabama Gov. Albert P. Brewer received the 2001 George Macon Memorial Award for outstanding performance as a teacher at Samford University Thursday (Feb. 1).

Brewer, distinguished professor of law and government at the school since 1987, received the award during the opening convocation of the spring semester. The award annually recognizes the Samford faculty member "who through outstanding performance as a teacher, counselor and friend to students demonstrates the ability to inspire students to greatness."

Brewer was lieutenant governor of Alabama during 1967-68 and governor during 1968-71. In 1988, he became the founding president of the Samford-based Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, which he has served as chairman of the board since 1996.

He is easily Samford's best known teacher, both on and off campus, noted University research professor and longtime friend Dr. William Hull in presenting the award.

Brewer teaches courses at Cumberland School of Law in professional responsibility and law office practice and management, in which he shares his experience in the practice of law, in business and in all three branches of government. He has also taught Samford undergraduate classes in history and political science.

In suggesting Brewer for the award, one nominator cited him for his vast amounts of time meeting with students, addressing their concerns, and helping them understand the intricacies of the legal and political systems of Alabama.

"Brewer has an extraordinary capacity to inspire not only students, but everyone around him to greatness," wrote the nominator. "He exudes from the core of his being an unwavering commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession: justice, compassion and the importance of contributing to one's community."

Brewer's recent contributions include leadership in the constitution revision process that is underway in the state.


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.