Kerry Moustakas


Andrew Westmoreland, PhD

President, Samford University

It is an honor for me to welcome you to the website for the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU). Since 1968, the organization has provided a framework for sharing and advancing the concerns of independent higher education.

If you are a visitor to this site who is also a current president of an independent college or university in the United States, please click the links to learn more about AAPICU. As you will see, our membership dues are very low and we believe that the value of participation in our annual meeting is extremely high. The next meeting is slated for February 23-25, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. I hope to see you there.

Questions? Contact our Executive Director, Steve Sandberg, at

                                                                                                                                                                   -Andrew Westmoreland, President, AAPICU

About the President

Andrew Westmoreland has served as the president of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 2006. His previous service in higher education includes eight years as president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas.

Samford University is Alabama's largest private university, with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students.

Westmoreland has participated in several higher education organizations, including board service with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Consortium for Global Education, and the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. He is the current chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Westmoreland holds bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and is a teacher (political science), writer, and speaker.