Project Description

After an extensive nationwide search led by CarterBaldwin Executive Search, Samford University has announced Dr. David Cimbora as its next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He will begin his tenure effective July 1.

“Throughout the search process, David Cimbora distinguished himself among many fine candidates by his clear articulation of the role of Christ-centered higher education and the impact that excellent academic quality plays in preparing Samford’s graduates for lives of meaning, service, and professional success,” said Samford President Beck A. Taylor. “Dr. Cimbora is just the right person to lead Samford’s comprehensive academic program to new heights, and I warmly welcome him to the Samford family.”

Since 2020, Cimbora has served as the Executive Dean of the Wellness Enterprise at George Fox University. The enterprise oversees all 13 behavioral and health science academic disciplines, including four undergraduate, five master’s and four doctoral, eight of which have national accreditation. Before that, he was Dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences and interim Dean of the College of Business.

Earlier in his career, Cimbora served Biola University, ultimately becoming the Associate Dean of doctoral programs and program chair for the PhD and PsyD programs in clinical psychology. Additionally, Cimbora provided psychological services in part-time private practice for 23 years in Southern California.

Cimbora earned his PhD and MA in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver and his BS in psychology from the University of Washington.

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About Samford University

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.