About the Mann Center

Frances Marlin Mann

The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership was founded in 2008 with support from Marvin L. Mann, a Samford University graduate who served as chairman and chief executive officer of Lexmark International prior to his retirement. The center’s name honors his wife of 53 years, the late Frances Marlin Mann. The center was established with ambitious goals: to provide thought leadership in promoting ethics at Samford, as well as in the larger society.

The center’s mission is to promote the moral development of Samford students; to serve as a center of teaching excellence; to foster a university culture that values productive, moral discourse; to amplify other Samford initiatives in ethics and leadership; and to engage the professional and business communities for mutual learning and the advancement of ethical values and practices.

This mission is achieved through signature center initiatives, including lecture series and other public programs, innovative student-led forums, performance-based learning experiences, international service-learning projects, and off-campus presentations for professional audiences. This work is made possible through the leadership of center faculty and staff, the collaboration of center associates, and the generosity of our donors.



Drayton Nabers, Jr.


Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Cameron Collins, Program Manager