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Apr 1, 2021

Dr. Andrew Westmoreland became the 18th president of Samford University on June 1, 2006. Founded in 1841, Samford is Alabama's largest privately supported institution of higher learning.

In today’s episode of Small-Time Leaders, Dr. Westmoreland shares with us how his good friend Ben Elrod pushed him to a new limit. Andrew already has set up a new career record on his family’s history, but Ben challenged him even further. This encouragement not only helped Andrew grow professionally and personally but also had him become university president, not one, but two universities.    

Dr. Westmoreland holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science and a doctorate in higher education administration.  A native of Arkansas, he is married to Dr. Jeanna Westmoreland.  They have one daughter, Riley, who is a graduate of Samford and of Vanderbilt University.

His career in higher education spans 42 years, including 23 years in two college presidencies.  In addition to his duties as Samford president, Dr. Westmoreland teaches courses in political science as his schedule allows.  He serves as a member of many boards for charities and other entities, and he is an author and speaker. He is the past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which oversees accreditation for approximately 800 colleges and universities from Virginia to Texas.

Dr. Westmoreland has announced his plans to retire from the Samford presidency in June 2021.

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