Samford University


August 20, 2012

Our Story

Riley Barnacastle is a 2012 Samford graduate (one of Coach Pat Sullivan’s bulldog football players), currently on assignment as a school teacher with the U. S. Peace Corps in Jamaica.  He says that he lives in an area with “no running water, no garbage pick-up, no air-conditioning, and no mail delivery.”  In a recent note to Coach Sullivan, thanking him and the staff for the personal attention he received at Samford, Riley notes that he uses the universality of participation in athletics as a way to teach lessons to his students:  “respect for rules and laws, penalties and consequences, discipline and desire.” 

 It is for Coach Sullivan, in particular, that Riley offers these heart warming words:  “I can’t say that I would have been at Samford if it wasn’t for you, but I’m glad I can call it my school.  Some of my fondest memories and best friends were made there.  Even through two knee surgeries, it was all worth it and I’d do it again.  I love you, Coach.”

 The world is better because Riley Barnacastle learned his lessons well, now imparting them to students who need his help.

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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