Samford University


March 14, 2011

Our Story


David Griffin graduated from Howard College in 1950, eventually earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia and then giving himself to a lifetime of teaching at the Unversity of West Georgia.  Now 81 years old, he remembers with great clarity the ways in which a faculty member made a difference in his life 64 years ago: 


"I entered Howard College in September 1947 as a seventeen-year old freshman from deep southeast Alabama, just north of Dothan.  I had loved the history of our country since fifth grade and felt quite early that I probably wanted to be a history teacher, but I was unsure until I had freshman American history under Miss Mary Emily McGriff in Riley Hall Annex on Howard's old East Lake campus.  Talk about fascinating to hear and observe five days of the week in a 3:00 o'clock class, she was!  Her comments of praise on my test papers "sealed the deal" for me; I would be a history teacher someday and I hoped to be as good as she was.  She inspired me to study hard, do the best I could  in all my classes, and when I was elected to Trident my junior year she deserved a lot of the credit." 


The world is better because of the eternal impact of those who are called to teach. 



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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