published Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Ex-Alabama chief justice to head ethics center

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court is taking over as head of the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University.

Birmingham attorney Drayton Nabers will become director of the center on Jan. 15.

The Baptist-affiliated school says Nabors was named to replace John Knapp, who resigned last year to become president of a small college in Michigan.

Nabers was the longtime chief executive of the Birmingham-based Protective Life Corp. before being appointed to the Supreme Court in 2004. He served two years before returning to private practice as an attorney in 2006.

Nabers previously taught at Samford's divinity school, and he is the author of two books on ethics and leadership.

Nabers graduated from Princeton University and earned his law degree at Yale University.

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