David C. Adkisson, new President and CEO of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, will deliver the Commencement address at Samford University Saturday, Dec. 18.
Samford will graduate 307 seniors from 18 states and two foreign nations during 10 a.m. exercises in Wright Center at Samford.
Adkisson, who assumed his new post Oct. 1, is a former two-term Mayor of Owensboro, Ky. He was elected in 1987 with 94 percent of the vote and re-elected unopposed in 1991. He was executive director of the Owensboro Citizens Committee on Education while serving as Mayor.
In 1995, he became president and CEO of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he served until coming to Birmingham.
Adkisson is a graduate of Georgetown (Ky.) College and Harvard University, where he earned a Master's degree in ethics. He served on the staff of U.S. Senator Wendell Ford during 1983-86.