Published on August 23, 2022 at 11:25 a.m. by Frank Ruggiero  
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Mary Davis Kennedy recently joined Samford University's School of Public Health as a recruiter.

When it comes to finding the right graduate program in Samford University’s School of Public Health, there are myriad choices of varying degrees — literally.

 Fortunately, Mary Davis Kennedy is here to help.

 As the School of Public Health’s new recruiter, Kennedy will communicate with prospective students and assist them through the graduate school search process.

 “I’m looking forward to getting to know my students individually and working closely with them as they search for additional educational opportunities at Samford University,” Kennedy said. “Over the last several years, I have developed a passion for working with prospective students, and it’s exciting to know that I have a small part in helping them find their purpose.”

 Prior to Samford, Kennedy worked for five years as a freshmen admissions advisor at Auburn University, during which time she studied adult education and completed her master’s degree in December 2021. She’d previously earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Auburn in 2016.

 And after nearly 10 years as a Tiger, Kennedy’s excited to become a Bulldog.

 “After working at a large, public university for several years, I’m excited to experience a smaller and more personalized side of higher education,” she said.

 Kennedy said she was intrigued by the recruiter position and that it seemed the perfect next step, given her previous professional experience and educational background. However, there was something uniquely Samford that closed the deal.

 “The people I crossed paths with during my interview process made my decision so easy,” she said. “From the beginning, I knew I wanted to be a part of this supportive, encouraging and family-oriented community.”

 Now, she’s inviting students to do the same.

 To learn more about Samford Public Health’s graduate programs, visit or email

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.