Samford University


September 10, 2012

Our Story

Eleven students are in residence at Samford’s Daniel House this semester, along with faculty members Kathy Flowers and Bill Service. As I type this message, Jeanna and I (and John Knapp of our Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership) are sitting with our students and faculty in the Old Common Room at Balliol College, Oxford University, discussing British literature, the enduring influence of Oxford, and comparisons of the British and American systems of higher education.

The world is better because of Samford’s commitment to meaningful educational experiences beyond the borders of the campus. 

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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