Samford University


September 29, 2014

Our Story

This week our Core Texts and University Fellows programs will host scholars from more than 30 institutions for a national conference on “Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition.”  The sessions will focus on the person and writings of Augustine.  My friend Mark Noll, then of Wheaton College in Illinois and now of the University of Notre Dame, wrote almost 20 years ago that “the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.”  Bit by bit, members of the Samford faculty seek to reverse the course of Dr. Noll’s argument.   


The world is better because of the scholarly engagement of the Samford faculty.

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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