Samford University

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August 24, 2009

Our Story

The Bulldog Investment Fund was created last year through a combination of gifts from friends and the use of some of the larger Samford endowment. It is a student-managed fund, taught as a course in the Brock School of Business by our own John Venable and his Regions Bank colleague Matt Smith. The students must confront real market issues, discover and analyze real stocks, and invest real dollars. As fund managers, they make regular presentations to the members of the Investment Committee of the Samford Board of Trustees, where they are asked difficult questions about the performance of their portfolio. Our trustees were so impressed with the fact that the Bulldog Fund is among the nation’s top three percent of student-managed funds that they voted earlier this month to increase the investment pool to $1 million. Earnings from the fund support the breadth and depth of our programs at Samford.

The world is better because of the lessons learned by our students (even during turbulent times in the markets) through the Brock School of Business.

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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