Published on December 13, 2018 by Katie Stripling  
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Two Samford employees have earned Southern Conference (SoCon) 2019 All-Conference Faculty and Staff Awards.

Beeson Divinity School Professor Mark S. Gignilliat received the faculty award. Ginger Robertson, administrative assistant in the Brock School of Business Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management and Executive Education received the staff award. 

The awards are part of the SoCon Academic exchange, a collaborative effort by the conference's chief academic officers to promote cooperation among the membership to benefit all students–-not just athletes. Those honored have demonstrated the common characteristics of dedicated service to their institution through strong contributions in teaching, research, service and campus life.

Senior Associate Provost Tom Woolley said that Gignilliat and Robertson “embody Samford’s institutional values and exhibit an ongoing willingness to go above and beyond to serve students.”

Gignilliat and Robertson will each be honored at the Samford men's basketball game versus The Citadel on Jan. 17.  

Ginger Robertson
An administrative assistant in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management and Executive Education in the Brock School of Business, Ginger Robertson joined the Samford University staff in April 2005. She served as a temporary secretary for Charles DeBow in Cumberland School of Law before transferring to Brock School of Business in 2006 as administrative assistant for the Department of Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing and the Executive Education program. Prior to coming to Samford, Robertson worked for nearly 10 years at Media Services, a subsidiary of Southern Progress Corporation, as a customer service representative in both the magazine and book divisions. Robertson also served as a secretary in Southern Research Institute's maintenance department for more than 10 years. Robertson majored in accounting while attending Bessemer State Technical College.

Dr. Mark S. Gignilliat
Dr. Mark Gignilliat is professor of divinity at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School, where he has taught courses in Hebrew, Old Testament and biblical theology since 2005. Prior to his appointment at Beeson, Gignilliat served as a lecturer at Wycliffe Hall at the University of Oxford. He has authored three theological books since 2007 and has two more forthcoming in 2019: Reading Scripture Canonically: Theological Instincts for Old Testament Interpretation and Micah: An International Theological Commentary. Gignilliat also has published a number of scholarly articles and essays and has contributed chapters to more than 10 books. In addition to his role at Beeson, Gignilliat serves as the Canon Theologian at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama, where he regularly preaches and teaches. He also is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, Tyndale Fellowship, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Karl Barth Society. Gignilliat holds a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree from Bob Jones University.

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.