Posted by Philip Poole on 2009-12-02

Four new trustees have been elected to Samford University’s board of trustees.  The trustees were elected by the board on Dec. 1 and began serving immediately.  Earlier, the nominees had been affirmed by messengers to the Alabama State Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Victor Brown of Birmingham is director of workforce development with the new Birmingham Business Alliance.  Previously he worked for the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and Wachovia Bank. A graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, he is a member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in suburban Vestavia Hills. 

Don Kilgore, a 1966 Samford graduate, is involved in several real estate ventures in Jasper and Walker County, Ala.  Kilgore is active in the community and serves as a board member for United Way. He is a member of Jasper First Baptist Church.

Rod Steakley of Huntsville is an attorney and shareholder with the Sirote, Permutt firm.  He is actively involved in the community and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville. Steakley is an undergraduate and law school graduate of the University of Alabama.

Brown, Kilgore and Steakley will serve four-year terms.

Beth Thorne Stukes is a former teacher and an active community volunteer in Jasper, Ala.  She also is a member of Jasper First Baptist Church and a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Stukes will fill the unexpired term of her mother, Barbara Thorne, who died in March.



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.