Published on February 19, 2018 by Morgan Black  
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Samford University will host Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith as the keynote speaker for the Samford Professional Network on March 1 at 7 a.m. in the Regions Community Resource Room in Samford’s Cooney Hall. Smith will speak on faith, science and economics. 

Smith received the Nobel Prize in 2002 in economic sciences for his work in experimental economics. He is a professor in both the Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Orange, California. 

Smith is author or coauthor of more than 300 books and articles on the subjects of capital theory, natural resource economics, finance and experimental economics. Several of Smith’s professional honors include being named a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association and Anderson Consulting Professor of the Year.

He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Kansas and completed his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University.

Samford alumni, students and members of the Birmingham professional community are invited to attend the networking event and can register here

Following the networking event, Smith and his wife, Candace, will spend time with economics students in Samford’s Brock School of Business. Candace Smith will facilitate professional etiquette workshops for students, and Vernon Smith will discuss institutions and growth at 10 a.m. during convocation.

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.