Samford University

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November 9, 2009

Our Story

Clayton McWhorter, who provided a cornerstone gift several years ago for the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, was honored last week in Nashville with that city's Humanitarian Award.  As a sign of support for this distinguished Samford graduate, several of us from the campus attended the luncheon and ceremony.  One of the speakers, a person who received vital financial aid from a scholarship fund endowed by Mr. McWhorter, said, "Mr. McWhorter, you saved my life."  Indeed, lives are changed--often saved--each day because of the selfless acts of men and women like Clayton McWhorter.

The world is better because of the generous spirit of Samford alumni and friends.

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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