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Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, President of Samford University, has been named the March of Dimes 2013 Alabama Citizen of the Year. Westmoreland was honored at the 19th Annual March of Dimes Alabama Citizen of the Year Event Monday, November 19, 2013 at the Samford University Wright Center in Birmingham.

The March of Dimes Alabama Citizen of the Year honors an outstanding community partner in Alabama whose distinguished leadership and devoted service to the community have contributed greatly to the quality of life for Alabama and its people. The recipient is a person who, in the victory of achieving success and acclaim, has given back generously to others.

As Samford’s 18th president, Dr. Andrew Westmoreland has led the university to embrace a vision to enrich and expand its service to students and further inspire their desire to meet the needs of the world. To advance this vision the university is committed to a challenging strategic plan with three priorities: to provide an enriched and more vibrant university experience; to engage the global community in learning, faith and service; and to inspire imagination. As you can see, he is no stranger to giving back to his community and to our great state.

This year’s Alabama Citizen of the Year is presented by Samford University. Corporate sponsorships began at $2,500 and go up to $25,000. Guests enjoyed amazing, specially-prepared heavy hors d’oeuvres and first class networking with Birmingham’s best throughout the evening. All proceeds benefited the March of Dimes.