Published on January 22, 2018 by William Nunnelley  
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President Andrew Westmoreland, law professor Brad Bishop and his wife Anne, law dean “Corky” Strickland.

Samford University recognized 1,720 years of service during the annual employee service awards luncheon Jan. 18. A total of 146 employees were honored.

Samford traces its history to men and women who advocated for a Christian college 176 years ago, said Joel Windham, Samford’s assistant vice president for human resources. "Samford employees have a legacy of leaving Samford a better place," said Windham, who emceed the program.

Law professor Brad Bishop was honored for his 50 years on the faculty, the majority of which have been at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law. Bishop joined Samford in 1967 as director of forensics and coached debate for several years before joining the law faculty in 1971.

"Brad has been a phenomenal teacher over the years, winning a variety of teaching awards including those voted on by students," said Cumberland Dean "Corky" Strickland. In addition, Bishop has chaired multiple committees. "In committee meetings there was always plenty of noise in the room until Brad began to speak, then everyone quieted down to hear what he had to say."

Network Group director Glenn Schneider of Samford’s Technology Services department was honored for his 35 years of service. "Schneider was part of the team that installed the original, modern Ethernet network at Samford," noted Tim McRae of technology services. "He was responsible for installing our current wireless network that started in 2001.He now has responsibility for a wireless network with over 1,400 wireless access points serving Wi-Fi to the campus." 

Employees recognized for 30 years were Mark Baggett. law and arts and sciences; William Collins, arts and sciences; Sandra Long, accounting and financial services; David Smolin, law; and Alvin Wright, technology services.

Honored for 25 years of service were Steven Epley, Jane Hiles and Lynda Jentsch, arts and sciences; Linda Killingsworth, pharmacy; and Jeannie Krumdieck, arts.

Fifteen employees received 20-year service awards, including Kim Benner and Sandra Boyken, pharmacy; Scott Camp, marketing and communication; Jeff Flaniken and Don Sandley, arts; Eric Fournier, assessment; Janie Kennedy and Heather West, arts and sciences; Teresa Mauldin and Deborah Young, law; Gretchen McDaniel, nursing; Jimmie McDowell and Tim McRae, technology services; and Robert Smith and Robert Willis, divinity.

Recognized for 15 years of service were Ilaina Andrews and Joe Parker, pharmacy; Cindy Berry, nursing; James  Carlson and Anthony Yelton, athletics; Candia Cole, health professions; Jonathan Davis and Michele Haralson, education; Sherry Davis, bursar’s office; Shannon Flynt, Brian Gregory, Scott McGinnis, Rhonda Parker, Keith Putt and Charles Workman, arts and sciences; Kathryn Fouse, arts; Lori Hill, university advancement; Betsy Holloway, marketing and communication; Lisa Imbragulio, business affairs; Stephen Inman, public safety; Danielle Johnson, decision support and financial strategy; Jane Leask, registrar’s office; Randy McKinney, accounting and financial services; Lori Northrup, university library; and Allen Ross, divinity.

Among the 43 employees honored for 10 years of service were Eric Allen, university library; Carl Beckwith and Douglass Webster, divinity; Buck Brock, business affairs; Cindy Brown, Brian Kennedy and Brad Tomas, admissions; Sara Clemmons, Bill D’Ottavio, Tracy Fuller and David Vest, athletics; Ken Cook, technology services; Katy Crowson, provost’s office; Danielle Cruthirds, pharmacy; LaJuana Davis, Wendy Greene and Anne Marovich, law; Malia Fincher, Mike Ledgerwood, Jennifer Rahn, James Strange and Geoff Wright, arts and sciences.

Also, Marcie Harchuck, Amy Hoagland and Brooke Karr, education; Stacy Harrison and John Petrella, health professions; Chris Hopson and Kurt Vickery, operations and planning; Rebecca Huffstutler, accounting and financial services; Jordan Legg, university bookstore; Suzanne McAdams, university advancement; Lora Shelton, Jennifer Steele and Julie Zaharis, nursing, Ron Shinn, Larry Thompson and Mary White, arts; Lane Smith, financial aid; Robbie Tucker, public safety; Lisa Vines, human resources; Kath White, spiritual life; and Laine Williams, marketing and communication.

Honored for five years of service were Lisa Battaglia, Corey Johnson, Keya Kraft, Jeff Leonard, Michelle Little, Erin Mauldin, Gretchen Sexton and Beth Smith, arts and sciences; Jennifer Beck, global engagement; Missi Bennett and Valerie Price, law; Amy Bigham, Heidi Callighan, Andrea Collins, Allyson Maddox, Megan Mileski and Stephanie Wynn, nursing; Tarsha Bluiett and Peggy Connell, education; Kenny Bowman, Brett Burkes, Jason Smith, Amy Spade, Gregg Still and Don Sullivan, technology services.

Also, Laura Byland and Joel Davis, arts; Art Carden, Kay Guess and Rusty Yerkes, business; Rachel Cohen, university library; Joe Davidson, Jake Headrick, Bo Kerr, Charles Newton and Scott Padgett, athletics; Renee DeHart, Pilar Murphy and Robert Wang, pharmacy; Jay Flynn, registrar’s office; Ellyn Gagnon, residence life; Pat Hester, admissions; Katherine Jarnigan, professional studies; Peng Mu, university library; Wayne Pittman, public safety; Ben Siple, career development; Deanna Smeltzer, health sciences; Victoria Smith, academic success center; Tom Spencer, PARCA; and Dedra Phillips, ministry training institute.

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.