Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-22

Marigene Chamberlain has been named the first director of international studies at Samford University. In the newly-created position, Chamberlain will manage study abroad programs and services to international students and faculty, and promote activities that develop international awareness for all Samford students.

Chamberlain, a Samford graduate, was most recently director of leadership development, Hispanic/Latino ministries, United Methodist Church (UMC) General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, Tenn. She first joined the UMC staff in 1982.

A Spanish major at Samford, she holds a master's degree in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.

As a journeyman with the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention during 1984-86, Chamberlain was a librarian, English teacher, speaker and youth counselor at Baptist Theological Seminary, Santiago, Chile.

A former managing editor of Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, she is the author of five books on Christian discipleship, including Believe, Love, Obey: Christian Discipleship in the Wesleyan Tradition. 


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.