National Conference of Governor's Schools Biennial Conference

Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, October 12 - Tuesday, October 15, 2002
"Building Best Practices - Taking the Next Step"

Hotel Reservation Information and Transportation Details

The two conference hotels are within 2 miles of Samford University, where all programs will be housed. No conference sessions are scheduled at the hotels; transportation will be provided between hotels and Samford.

Hotel Information

Two hotels have been reserved for the conference. Please state that you are attending the National Conference of Governor's Schools conference to receive the reduced rate.

  • Residence Inn
    1-800-331-3131 or (205) 943-0044
    50 State Farm Parkway
    Homewood, AL 35209
    • Studio/one bedroom suites $89.00 (includes breakfast)
    • Two bedroom suites $129.00 (includes breakfast)
  • Courtyard
    1-800-321-2211 or (205) 879-0400
    500 Shades Creek Parkway
    Homewood, AL 35209
    • King or two double beds $79.00

There are a limited number of rooms/suites available at the Residence Inn. The Courtyard offers breakfast, but it is not included in the rate. Both hotels are within three miles of campus, and bus/shuttle service will be available for the meetings.

Transportation Details

Both hotels are a short distance from Samford University and the Interstate 65 Lakeshore Drive exit. The Residence Inn is about 1 mile to the west of the exit, and the Courtyard is approximately three miles to the east of the exit on Lakeshore Drive (Shades Crest Pkwy).

  • Air Travel
    The Birmingham Airport is served by most major airlines.
  • Rentals
    Rental cars are available at (or near) the airport from most major rental agencies.
  • To and From Airport
    Taxi/shuttle service is available to both hotels for about $20 one way.

 Program Features

  • Remember Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement with a visit to the downtown Civil Rights District (Civil Rights Institute; Sixteenth Street Baptist Church)
  • Revisit the charms of the Old South with a visit to Arlington Antebellum Home and Garden
  • Renew acquaintances, welcome new members and programs, and share in a collegial atmosphere of like-minded education professionals
  • Reports from the States: individual reports from participants representing the different states.

Thematic Focus

  • Increasing diversity representation in our programs
  • Alumni issues: maintaining relationships over the long term
  • Discussions on the impact of 9/11 on programs and students
  • Charting the future of the organization
  • Progress reports on the national evaluation project

Conference Summary

  • Board of Directors meeting and progress reports
  • General sessions with keynote addresses on thematic topics
  • Breakout sessions for faculty, residential staff, administrators, and new directors

Who Should Attend

  • Administrative, faculty, and staff representatives from any summer residential Governor's School
  • Two representatives from each state for the Board of Directors meeting on Saturday afternoon (Please designate your representatives ahead of time to the Executive Committee.)
  • Anyone interested in establishing or re-establishing a Governor's School program

For Additional Information

  • Review this Web site,, for updates.
  • Contact a member of the Executive Committee, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , for details.
  • Visit the Samford Web site,, for campus information.
  • Preview the Birmingham Visitor's Guide,