Andrew Westmoreland

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Andrew Westmoreland has been the 18th President of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 2006.[1][2][3][4] From 1998 to 2006, he was the President of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.[1][3][4][5][6]


Andrew Westmoreland was born in Batesville, Arkansas.[1] He received a B.A. in Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in 1979, an M.A. in the same field from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.[1][2]

He serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities, Chair of the board of directors of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (formerkly known as the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools), and the Consortium for Global Education, as well as director for the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE).[2][6] Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Advisory Board of the Greater Birmingham Salvation Army.[2][6] He is also a trustee for the Baptist Health Corporation Board in Arkansas, the Baptist Health System in Birmingham, and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has also served as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.[2][6]

He attends a Baptist church.[7] Alongside serving as President, he also teaches Political Science at Samford University.[8]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas E. Corts
Samford University Presidents
2006 – present
Succeeded by

Coordinates: 33°27′57″N 86°47′32″W / 33.46570°N 86.79214°W / 33.46570; -86.79214