Thomas E. Corts

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Thomas E. Corts (1941–2009) was an American university president. He served as President of Wingate University in North Carolina from 1974 to 1981, and the 17th President of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama from 1983 to 2006.[1][2][3][4]


Thomas E. Corts was born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1941.[1][3] to Charles and Hazel Corts. He grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio.[1][3] He graduated from Georgetown College in Kentucky, and received an M.A. and a PhD from Indiana University.[1][3] Under the guidance of his mentor Robert Lee Mills, then President of Georgetown, he served as Executive Vice President there.[1] From 1974 to 1983 he was President of Wingate College now Wingate University.[1][2] From 1983 to 2006, he served as President of Samford University.[1][2]

He served as the President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Fellowship of Baptist Educators, the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools, and Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform.[1][2][3] He is a member of the Alabama Academy of Honor.[2][3]

He died in 2009.[4][5]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Leslie Stephen Wright
Samford University Presidents
Succeeded by
Andrew Westmoreland

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