Bush Assistant, Navy Chief Chaplain, Judge to Speak During Samford Commencement Weekend
Clay Johnson III, Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel
and Deputy to the Chief of Staff, will deliver the commencement address at Samford
University Saturday, May 25.
Johnson will speak during 10 a.m. ceremonies at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention
Johnson established and managed a 40-person organization to identify and recruit
500 Senate confirmed officials, 800 Senior Executives, 1200 middle management
personnel and 1300 part-time Board and Commission members for the Bush administration.
He was also Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney Presidential Transition team.
Johnson was Bush's Chief of Staff when Bush was Governor of Texas.
Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, Chief of Navy Chaplains, will deliver the Baccalaureate
sermon Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. in Wright Center at Samford.
A Navy chaplain since 1976, Rear Admiral Black holds degrees from six colleges
and universities including Oakwood College in Huntsville. He received the 1995
NAACP Renowned Service Award for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil
Judge Joel F. Dubina of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will speak at
commencement for Samford's Cumberland School of Law Saturday, May 25, at 3 p.m.
in Wright Center.
A 1973 Cumberland graduate, Judge Dubina has served on the 11th Circuit since
1990. Previously, he served as a U. S. District Judge (1986-90) and U.S. Magistrate
Samford will confer degrees on 812 seniors during commencement weekend.