Samford University


August 17, 2009

Our Story

As we anticipate the arrival of a “new crop” this Thursday, Aaron Farrow in facilities services sent a message to me this weekend, including this quote:


“Over the years, I have helped what seems to be countless students move into their rooms and each year I have seen the expressions of joy on the faces of the parents turn to sadness as they tell their children goodbye.  For many, being from out of state, this is the first time they will be separated for an extended period of time.  I’ve seen both moms and dads attempt to keep their composure as they leave their child – but tears soon follow.  Do we really understand the trust we engender?”


The world is better because of the trust that is built at Samford.


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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