Samford University


December 24, 2012

Our Story

During our traditional "Hanging of the Green" service three weeks ago I was enjoying one of the more complicated and beautiful pieces presented by the University Chorale when Dean Joe Hopkins of our School of the Arts pointed to the name of the composer on the printed program and then gestured quietly toward a young man in the Chorale.  The name on the program was Brian Nabors and the young man in the Chorale was also named Brian Nabors.  When considering the irony that composer and singer shared the same name, I smiled . . . and then I understood that Dean Hopkins was making me aware that the composer was our student, Brian Nabors!

Brian Nabors is a senior composition major at Samford.  He composed this magnificent work and was singing with the Chorale in the premier performance.  He came to Samford from Center Point; his father is pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church and his mother is his musical inspiration.  His compositions have been recognized by the Music Teachers National Association and his piano performance by the Morris Piano Competition.  He is an exceptional talent and student.  

The world has hope because of the birth of the Christ child, and the world is better because Brian Nabors has used his considerable talent to celebrate that birth.  


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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