Samford University


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.

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 almost 40 years, including two college presidencies. In addition to his duties as Samford president, Dr. Westmoreland teaches courses in political science on a regular basis. 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 more than 800 colleges and universities from Virginia to Texas.

Dr. Jeanna Westmoreland has been Samford University’s first lady since June 1, 2006, when her husband, Andy, became Samford’s 18th president.

Dr. Westmoreland serves as executive director of the Legacy League, a volunteer organization that promotes advocacy for the university and raises scholarship funds. She also serves as a member and past president of the Women’s Committee of 100 for Birmingham and gives her time to numerous charitable organizations in Alabama and beyond.

Prior to coming to Samford, Dr. Westmoreland served in Arkansas as the Dean of the Huckabee School of Education at Ouachita Baptist University. Her career in education included service as a faculty member at Ouachita and a decade as a public school teacher and administrator. From 2003 until 2006 she was a member of the Board of Education for the State of Arkansas, including a term as chair. She has received awards from state, national and international organizations in honor of her service to the field of education.

Dr. Westmoreland’s undergraduate degree is from Ouachita and her masters and doctoral degrees are from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The Westmorelands have a daughter, Riley, who is a graduate of Samford and of Vanderbilt University.

Philip Kimrey, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, is a graduate of William Carey University (BA), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Ed.M.) and the University of Alabama (Ed.D.). He coordinated the recruitment and admission operation at William Carey College (MS) and Houston Baptist University (TX) before coming to Samford in 1993, in the same role.

Dr. Kimrey became Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Samford in 1997, and became the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in 2008.  The division is comprised of the following offices: Residence Life, Greek Life, Student Activities, Recruitment, Campus Visits and Admission, Orientation, Student Leadership, Counseling Services, Campus Recreation, Title IX, Parent Programs, Values Advocacy, University Health Services and Spiritual Life. Samford’s enrollment this fall is approximately 5,500 students this fall, with 2,325 in on-campus residence halls.

Dr. Kimrey has served various professional organizations through committees and boards, both regionally and nationally. Specifically, a term on the board of directors for the National Association of College Admission Counseling and chaired the finance committee, and currently is on the College Scholarship Service Committee of the College Board.  Dr. Kimrey and Penny are members of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Homewood, Alabama, where he has served as a deacon and on various committees.

Outside of work at Samford, he and his wife Penny are active in Bible Study Fellowship, enjoy traveling, watching movies and an occasional round of golf.