One hundred years of Samford Crimson

By SYDNEY CROMWELL, Editor-in-Chief

BW new logoIn 1965, Howard College achieved its new status as a university. There was already a Howard University, however, located in Washington, D.C. What, then, would the new university be named?

The university’s administrators decided that the school should be named after trustee Frank Park Samford. Since Howard was still part of the Alabama Baptist Convention at that time, the university needed the convention’s approval before it could rename itself.

The idea of Samford University was first proposed in July 1965 and the Southern Baptist Convention approved the change in November. The Crimson covered the issue repeatedly during that period.

In the Dec. 17 issue of the paper, the words “Samford University” appeared for the first time below the Howard Crimson logo. On Feb. 4, 1966, the paper’s staff rolled out a brand new logo – just The Crimson.

The name change to Samford University led the way for the university to add schools of business, education and pharmacy later that same year. The old Howard name remained in the title of the original school, the Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

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