Samford University


October 11, 2010

Our Story

George Keller of our Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences sent this message my way a few days ago.  For potential security reasons, I have removed the name of the student. 


"One of our graduates is completing a Master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco studying the reasons for self-immolation among Afghani women.  They burn themselves in protest of government policies.  Our graduate learned Farsi in Tajikistan while a student at Samford, traveled to western Afghanistan for her research, and has established a foundation for the future study of self-immolation for herself and others with a goal of eliminating the practice.  She hopes to attend medical school and practice medicine among Afghanis, either permanently or through sponsored trips." 


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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