Samford University


April 16, 2012

Our Story

Sometimes the Samford story is told in awards won at academic competitions, or victories on athletic fields, or accomplishments of our faculty, or the triumphs of our alumni . . . and sometimes the story is told in one simple act, as related to me last week by one of our students ,Rebecca Glenn:

“Tuesday night I was up in the computer lab in the education building working on a group project.  I accidentally left my flash drive in the computer.  I didn't realize it until the next day, so Wednesday afternoon I went back up there to get it, and it was gone.  Needless to say, I panicked!  My entire college career is on this flash drive.  I immediately began asking faculty members if anyone had turned it in.  Unfortunately no one had, but everyone was very concerned.  Dr. Haralson went with me to ask a couple of other faculty members about it, as well as suggesting other places I could look, such as the HUB and public safety.  When I went downstairs and asked Leslie Mann, the graduate secretary, she immediately began making a flyer to hang up around the building, as well as emailing other faculty members in the building to ask if any of them had found it or had it turned in to them.  By the time I got back from the HUB she already had the flyer printed and hung up around the building. Fortunately, my flash drive was found by a faculty member who returned it to me the following day.  However, the concern of the staff and their immediate response of help deeply touched me.  It just goes to show how much the faculty and staff at Samford care about their students.”

The world is better because Samford people take the extratime to offer help to a neighbor.



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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