Samford University


February 21, 2011

Our Story

With Step Sing a distant memory, please allow me to call your attention to an inspirational moment from the show.  One of our students, Ryan Penney, suffered a horrible accident last summer.  In fact, he was told that it was unlikely that he would ever walk again . . . but he performed for three consecutive nights on the Wright Center stage last week.  To hear Ryan’s story (and his mother’s commentary) click on the Step Sing link below, follow the page to the bottom, then click on the video link.  If you are short on time, Ryan’s segment begins at 3:04. 

The world is better because of Ryan Penney and the people who love him. 


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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