Samford University


April 11, 2011

Our Story

Our Story 

Taylor Chao says that she was studying in the foyer of Dwight Beeson Hall a few days ago when a "man in a suit came in, looking confused."  Naturally, she asked if she could help.  He was searching for a conference room on the third floor, so she walked with him to the room, then resumed her studying in the foyer.  A few minutes later, the fellow returned, explaining that the group was at the Rotunda Club.  "Do you know where that is?" he asked.  Taylor affirmed that she did, and that she would show him the way.  Over his protest, she began to walk with him toward the Rotunda Club--and then they learned that the group he sought was headed back to Dwight Beeson Hall.  In the intervening minutes, the man asked Taylor if she planned to attend the panel session in a few minutes in Brock Forum.  She said that she was planning to do so.  He thanked her, introduced himself as Donta' Wilson, and gave her his card.  Taylor says, "I thought, 'wow,' I didn't know I was talking with the president of BB&T Bank!" 

In the session to follow, Mr. Wilson was asked the describe the most important thing our students could take with them into the business world.  He said, "Take a deep understanding of people.  Take a psychology course and learn what people need from you and how best to interact--things like going out of your way to help someone."  And then Mr. Wilson told about his arrival on campus that day, how a young lady named Taylor had noticed that he was confused, and how she took the initiative to help him.  Then he said, "Taylor does not know that I'm about to do this, but I am going to provide a $500 scholarship to recognize her kindness and her helpful attitude." 

The world is better because of Taylor Chao, Donta' Wilson, and Samford. 


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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