Published on July 4, 2013 by Philip Poole  

In a wide-ranging interview published in the July 4 issue of The Alabama Baptist, Samford University president Andrew Westmoreland talks about religious liberty, the church and today's society. In addition to his administrative role, Westmoreland is a member of the university's political science faculty. He grew up in Arkansas, the son of a Baptist minister.


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.