Jason E. Black, who led Samford University’s admission staff to a record year while serving as Acting Dean of Admission in 2009-2010, has been named Dean of Admission at Samford. Black served as Acting Dean of Admission after the former dean, R. Phil Kimrey, was named Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Samford in 2009.
Black, a member of the Samford admission staff since 2004, led the admission and recruitment staff to new records in the number of freshman applications received, number of admitted freshmen and number of visitors for campus tours, appointments and information sessions. Black was the unanimous choice of the Dean of Admission Search Committee, Dr. Kimrey noted.
“Jason Black’s organizational skills and efforts to streamline the recruitment and merit scholarship processes, along with the assistance of Samford faculty, staff and students, produced another strong freshman class with high academic quality and diversity of backgrounds, experiences and goals,” said Kimrey, who announced Black’s appointment effective July 1.
Kimrey noted that two-thirds of the class of 740 freshmen are from outside Alabama and 12 percent are minority students.
Black, a Birmingham native, joined Samford after four years as Associate Minister to Students at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Homewood. He has served as an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions and director of orientation and campus visits at Samford.
Black holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Samford. He and his wife, Holly, are parents of one daughter, Evie.