Samford University


January 5, 2009

Our Story

The members of our women’s basketball team celebrated another win last week when Emily London hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer, defeating UNC-Greensboro.  An important footnote for this victory was that it marked the 100th career win for Mike Morris, the head coach for the women’s team.  Coach Morris is known for helping his players to win basketball games . . . but he is also known as a man who cares deeply for his student-athletes, a devoted husband and father, a volunteer at his church and for other important causes, and a friend to colleagues.   


The world is better because of Mike Morris.    

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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