January 6, 2014
On this exceptionally cold morning in Birmingham, I’m reminded of the dedicated service of the members of our staff who keep our classrooms, residence halls, offices, streets and sidewalks in good order, even as temperatures approach single digits. One of those individuals is Charse Brown of our facilities staff. I read a recent e-mail message,sent to Mark Fuller, Mr. Brown’s supervisor, from a student who suffered a broken pipe in his residence hall room. Here’s what happened when Charse arrived on the scene:
“I was expecting the facilities representative to be rude and unpleasant because it was 4 a.m. (I would be). I quickly found out that Charse was none of this. He is one of the nicest and most personable people I have ever met! After spending about almost an hour helping me, he continued to help, going above and beyond the call ofduty. Despite having to wake up in the middle of his night and leave his house,he felt compassion for me. He stayed with me until 5 a.m. I was shocked when I found Charse at my door the next morning. He wanted to make sure the custodial staff had responded to his call. He waited until he made sure that they took care of me. It does not end there. ThatSaturday night around 5 p.m. (during the middle of the SEC championship) Charseagain came to check on things. He did more than his job, he took interest in me as a person.”
The world is better because of Charse Brown.
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.
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.