Samford University


August 15, 2011

Our Story

 For several hours this past Saturday, about 40 Samford graduates met in the Pete Hanna Center to discuss the ways that they can be involved in telling the Samford story to alums and other friends.  Across the years, from Grace Simmons (Class of 2011) to Pat Scofield (Class of 1949), they shared their memories of the ways in which their lives are better because of Samford.  More than 100 of our graduates have already volunteered to participate in this expanded program of alumni development.   


The world is better because Samford graduates nurture the institution that helped them to grow. 


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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