Samford University


November 25, 2013

Our Story

Coach Pat Sullivan, on Saturday’s conference winning, heart stopping, playoff advancing, last second win over Elon:  “Everybody felt when we got the ball with two minutes to go we were going to find a way to win.”

The season came down to one play.  All timeouts exhausted.  Seven seconds remaining on the clock.  And then senior quarterback Andy Summerlin found senior wide receiver Chris Cephus in the end zone.  Samford wins, 33-32, sharing the SoCon championship in football with UTC and Furman.

“Everybody felt when we got the ball with two minutes to go we were going to find a way to win.”

The world is better because Samford people find a way. It isn’t all about winning.  It is about finding a way.  But winning is nice, too.

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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