September 3, 2012
Chad Eggleston is a bright Samford graduate, currently serving as Special Assistant to the Provost and Assistant Professor of Religion at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He wrote to me to describe this unexpected encounter with another Samford grad:
“The other day I found myself seated in the dining hall next to Adam Murphy, the assistant director of bands here at Huntingdon. Adam has been doing a very fine job with our marching band for a year and a half now, but for some reason I had not yet discovered that he was a fellow Samford alumnus. Once we made the connection we went on for sometime describing the pride we had in our alma mater, and we even realized that we were both members of the same fraternity. When we wrapped up our conversation I wanted to encourage him in his work, so I told him that Huntingdon was better for his presence. We shared a laugh over the way that phrase had seeped into our consciousness, but it is still true with a minor emendation. The world, including Huntingdon College, are better for Samford.”
The world is better because of Chad Eggleston and Adam Murphy (and the thousands of Samford graduates who have served in higher education throughout the past 170 years).
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.
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.