Samford University


March 22, 2010

Our Story

Allan Phipps (Samford biology graduate of 1996) is a man on a mission . . . a mission to engage his students in scientific discovery.  From Florida's   


"Hands-on learning reaches another level in Allan Phipps' environmental science classes at South Plantation High School. His students have built solar-powered race cars, constructed 500-pound balls to replace destroyed coral reefs and audited their school's energy use to learn about carbon footprints. They've written grants and won competitions and multiple honors for their work — including $50,000 in scholarships and grants last year as part of the Lexus Eco Challenge. On Friday, Phipps' lessons earned him a prize of his own: Broward's Teacher of the Year.


"Count South Plantation's principal, David Basile, among Phipps' many fans. Basile credits Phipps with raising the level of both students and teachers at the school, inspiring them to work at their highest levels. 'I wish I had 50 of him,' Basile said after Phipps' victory, adding: 'He sees the value of pushing his kids to go as high as they can.'"


The world is better because of the creativity and persistence of Allan Phipps.

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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