Published on December 7, 2021 by Holly Gainer  
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Today, Samford honored the legacy of two of the university’s most impactful leaders.

The University’s Board of Trustees announced the naming of the University Center Annex as Westmoreland Hall in honor of the service of President Emeritus Andrew Westmoreland and former First Lady Jeanna Westmoreland. The space was renovated in 2019 to serve the needs  and functions of the university’s Student Affairs Division.

The announcement was a surprise to the Westmoreland family.

“I began my work 42 years ago in student life. That was my first entry into higher education. For this particular building to bear my name is about as meaningful a thing that could have happened,” President Emeritus Westmoreland said. “It has been an extraordinary day and a really blessed career. We are grateful for all of it. We’ve been grateful from the beginning of our time at Samford for all we have experienced here. Jeanna, Riley and I truly believe we are better people because of the influence of so many at Samford.”

The official portrait of President Emeritus Andrew and Dr. Jeanna Westmoreland was also unveiled. The portrait was commissioned by the Board of Trustees and painted by nationally acclaimed portrait artist Ellen Cooper. The portrait will hang on the first floor of the Harwell G. Davis University Library.

During the meeting, the Board of Trustees also recognized Chairman William J. Stevens with the dedication of the William J. Stevens Board Room in Frank Park Samford Hall.

“It is a wonderful recognition of service that I love and enjoy doing and have been blessed to be a part of,” Stevens said.  

The day also included a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to dedicate the renovation of Samford Hall.  Office space throughout the building was renovated for the first time since Samford Hall was constructed in 1955. Along with the William J. Stevens Board Room, other renovations include updated office space for Accounting and Financial Services, Human Resources, Business Services, Marketing and Communication and Institutional Research and Analytics. New life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, data and audio-visual systems were installed throughout the building.

The university is grateful for the service and contributions of these historic leaders.  

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.