Samford University

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November 19, 2012

Our Story

The educational experience at Samford is shaped by our faculty, and many other members of the Samford community play important roles in building upon the work that is done in the classroom.  Jennifer Rahm of our faculty in the Department of Geography wrote to me last week with a snippet from the journal of one of her students in a “Foundations” class.  The student wrote that she was having difficulties in her pre-calculus class and she was studying with friends in anticipation of a quiz the next day. Apparently the friends weren’t providing much help.  A member of our custodial staff overheard the conversation and volunteered his assistance, given the fact that he is a math major at another institution.  (He is working as a custodian to finance his education.)  The young lady said,“After quickly skimming over the section, he knew exactly how to do it.” The end result?  She said that her quiz grade the next day was one of the highest in the class. 

Incidentally, I contacted Sterling Shepherd, our manager with Riteway Services, and he confirmed that the Good Samaritan in the story is Mr. Corey Robinson.  Well done, Mr. Robinson.

 The world is better because of Corey Robinson.

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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