Samford University


September 4, 2011

Our Story

At a meeting of the Samford Board of Trustees last week, two of our students shared their testimonies of the ways in which their collegiate experience is helping them to reach their goals.  As the students concluded their remarks, John Pittman, a member of the board since 1953, stood in quiet dignity to give his own assessment of the ways that Samford has strengthened his life across seven decades.  None would argue with Mr. Pittman, but the thought throughout the room that night was . . . John Pittman has offered far more to Samford than the institution could ever give to him. 


The world is better because of John Pittman. 

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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