Samford University


August 23, 2010

Our Story

Katie Snider, a recent graduate in nutrition and dietetics (Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, ESSM), sent this touching message to a few of her Samford faculty members a few days ago:

"I just got back from a long first day at med school and all I could think about was how thankful I was to have had the opportunity to go to Samford and learn from each of you.  As I sat in the enormous lecture hall with so many other eager med school students I couldn't help but notice I wasn't at Samford anymore.  I know the next five years are going to be a great adventure filled with hard, fun, and unforgettable times, but I know that if it weren't for the role that each of you have played in my life and education I wouldn't be here today.  Looking at the faces of my peers I realized that there will be times when I will not always be reminded and pushed to reach my highest potential and to do all for the glory of God.  This is something that has been a part of my whole life and was further integrated into who I am during my time at Samford, especially by my ESSM family.  I know why I am in medical school and it was only through each of you that I have truly begun to understand what it means to serve.  Thank you for all that you do!  I know I will never fully be able to tell you all that you have done for me, but I wanted you to know that as I started the next big phase of my life each of you played a role in that and, in a way, each of you were there with me as I walked into that lecture hall today."


The world is better because of Katie Snider--and because of the impact of Samford faculty on her life. 


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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