Following a special meeting Wednesday morning, March 10, the Samford University Board of Trustees announced the election of Beck A. Taylor as the 19th President of Samford University. Taylor will begin his term this summer on July 1, 2021.
Taylor, who previously served as dean and professor of economics for Samford’s Brock School of Business from 2005-2010, said he is looking forward to returning to Samford University.
“There have been a lot of changes over the last 11 years, but so many things remain the same, including Samford’s love for it’s diverse students, it’s commitment to academic and cocurricular excellence and its calling as a leader in Christ-centered higher education” Taylor said in a video released by Samford University.
Since 2010, Taylor has been the president at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
Current President Andrew Westmoreland, who will retire at the end of June, shared his congratulations.
“The members of the search committee have made a wise and inspired decision. Every aspect of his personal and professional development augers well for a vibrant and transformational presidency at Samford,” Westmoreland said. “I have long believed that Samford’s best days always lie ahead. With the arrival of Beck and Julie Taylor on campus, that belief is stronger than ever.”
In an accompanying news release, Taylor referred to Samford as the “crown jewel in Christian higher education,” and said he is “committed to pursuing excellence at the intersection of faith and learning.”
Inauguration ceremonies are scheduled to take place in the fall.
“Julie and I are looking forward to the journey ahead, and we look forward to meeting all of you,” Taylor said.