BIRMINGHAM, Ala., November 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Beck A. Taylor, Ph.D., was inaugurated as Samford University 19e president on Thursday, November 4 in Birmingham, Alabama. Accompanied by his wife, First Lady and Executive Director of Legacy League Julie a taylor, and two of his three children, he received the oath of office from the chairman of the board of directors William J. Stevens, followed by the investiture, in which it was transmitted the ceremonial chain of office.
The chain bears the names of those who served as president and represents the authority and responsibility conferred by the board of directors. President Emeritus Andrew Westmoreland assisted in the investiture to represent the continuity of the university’s Christ-centered mission since 1841.
“The names of 18 presidents of this chain of office which I now proudly carry, including the names of two Samford presidents whom I have known and loved, Drs. Corts and Westmoreland, don’t just point to a presidential line of succession, “Taylor said in his inaugural address.” No, they also give us assurance that from one leadership season to the next, God has important plans to be accomplished in and through all of us here at Samford. “
Taylor, who recently served as president of Whitworth University, a position he held in 2010, is no stranger to the Samford community. He was dean and professor of economics for by Samford Brock School 2005-2010 business.
Prior to the service, Taylor led a procession of delegates from more than 65 institutions of higher education and associations, by Samford Board of Trustees, Deans, members of the management team, faculty members, representatives of student organizations, administrative officers and 112 flags representing the states, territories and countries that host by Samford 55,000 former students.
Ephesians 3: 16-19 was the theme of Taylor’s inaugural address emphasizing being “rooted and grounded in love.”
“I challenge us to make such love the cornerstone of everything we do at Samford, make love the foundation of any vision we may formulate together in the months and years to come, “said Taylor.” Some might think it too abstract, or too emotional, or too obvious to claim to be the foundation of everything we do in an academic institution, in a modern university. But, if our efforts are not rooted and grounded in love, in the love of Christ, I claim that we will fail. “
As a Christian college, Taylor explained how love is at the heart of by Samford mission of “For God, for learning, forever.”
“It shouldn’t come as a surprise to us now that Christ’s commandment to us is rooted and founded on love – a commandment to love God from all of us (heart, mind, body, soul, spirit) and to ‘loving others with fervor, dedication, sacrifice, even though we love each other, “Taylor said.” I’m not sure the mission and vision of Samford could be articulated in a more succinct or inspiring way. “
Looking to the future, Taylor encouraged the Samford community to “complete the work that the Lord has entrusted to us while fulfilling the solemn duty of planting new seeds of hope, healing, justice, mercy and love” through our actions.
“We will be convinced that the Good Lord will protect our humble offerings, nurturing these tiny seeds – these acts of love that we will produce – until great woods of goodness, truth and beauty are established and graciously provide their shade. welcome to future generations, and generations beyond, until the Lord returns, ”said Taylor. “May a future president and Samford congregation gathered on a day like today, remember us in the posterity for being faithful in this coming season of growth. May they remember us for our love. “
A reception for delegates and guests of honor was held after the ceremony.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering liberal arts-based undergraduate programs with a range of nationally recognized graduate and vocational schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest higher education institution in United States. Wall Street Journal rankings Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report rankings Samford 37th nationally for best undergraduate education and 97th nationally for best value for money. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, theology, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford brings together 17 sports teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks first nationally for its graduation pass rate among all NCAA Division I schools.
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