Six new members have joined Samford University's Board of Overseers. They participated in their first meeting March 8 in Birmingham.

The 50-member board includes business, community and church leaders who advise the administration and are advocates for the university.

New members are:

Randall Freeman, chief financial officer for Brasfield and Gorrie, Inc., Birmingham. Freeman is a 1984 summa cum laude graduate from Samford's business school.

Lee Henderson, president, Henderson Investments LLC, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Henderson is a 1996 Samford graduate with a degree in counseling foundations.

Kevin Newsom, an attorney from Birmingham. Newsom, a 1994 Samford graduate and a Harvard Law School graduate, is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

Leigh Ann Pusey, president of the American Insurance Association, Washington, D.C. Pusey is a 1984 Samford graduate.

Alan Register, Birmingham city president for BBVA/Compass Bank. Register earned a business degree from Samford in 1986.

Richard Robey, an executive with Alabama Bankers Bank, based in Birmingham. Robey received a business degree from Samford in 1982.

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.