Samford University


April 19, 2010

Our Story

Sometimes it is the small things that make the difference.  Cindy Kennington, from our Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, wrote to me with this story a few days ago:

"Angie Fine, while leaving work for the day, noticed multiple cd’s and books scattered across the faculty/staff parking lot north of Propst Hall.  She gathered them and placed them in her car.  The next day she contacted me to see if anyone had reported them lost, since they were found in the parking lot next to my building.  At first I told her that no one had reported such a loss, but then she mentioned the nature of the cd’s and books (butterflies).  Immediately, I thought of Dr. Howell, Professor Emeritus-Biology since he recently published a book on butterflies.  Dr. Howell confirmed that the items that Angie retrieved were in fact research material.  He was extremely grateful that she went the extra mile to seek out whom the items belonged."


The world is better because our co-workers pause to consider the ways they may help others.

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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