Samford University

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August 25, 2014

Our Story

As you know, we lost a precious student, Trevelyn Campbell, late Friday night in an automobile accident, so—despite the fact that we welcome the promise of a new academic year—our hearts are pierced by grief for Trevelyn’s family and friends.  Indeed, her family members inspire us during these days as the love of Christ is transparent in their interactions with those who would console and seek to be consoled.  Trevelyn’s creativity, intellect and kindness drew the campus to her.  In a brief memorial service in Reid Chapel last night, Larry Thompson, the gentle giant from our School of the Arts, spoke with eloquence when he began his remarks by saying, “I don’t have any kids, so my students are family.  I lost a child this weekend.”  In a time not too distant, we will see her again.   

 

Rest in peace, Trevelyn.  The world is better because you lived among us for 19 years.

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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