Samford University


March 15, 2010

Our Story

Barbara Cartledge of our Brock School of Business wrote to me last week of the accomplishments of one of our students:


 "Allison Farmer, senior Brock School of Business Management major and Social Entrepreneurship concentration, will not only complete her degree in May 2010 but also conclude a broader philanthropic undertaking. After learning and witnessing the plight of a North Birmingham family and their dwelling in a Jan term course, Allison decided to volunteer and direct the renovation of their decaying home. The home was described as a “dark, four-room cave." The family has three adult dependents with mental disabilities being cared for by their diabetic 70 year-old mother. The home has not had any outside assistance in decades. Allison is bringing life, hope and self-esteem through her teams of cleaning, construction, maintenance and repair. The home of the family is being transformed through Allison’s work, vision and fellow laborers."


 The world is better because Allison Farmer is taking care of the overlooked and ignored.

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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