February 17, 2014
At a dinner last week in Birmingham, I sat near a Birmingham business executive for one of the largest companies in Alabama. He is a Samford graduate. During our expanded conversation, he related the path of his career, with seeds that were planted during his Samford days. He spoke with gratitude for the education he received and he paused to express his greatest appreciation for one of our retired faculty members in the Department of English, Dr. Charles T. Workman, for his grace and competence. Many years after these classes with Dr. Workman, it is clear that his influence endures in the life of this successful and fulfilled graduate.
The world is better because of the members of the Samford faculty, past and present.
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.