Samford University


June 30, 2014

Our Story

The McWhorter School of Pharmacy will be one of the institutions to receive the prestigious award. The honor is in recognition of the longstanding efforts of our students and faculty to meet the health care needs of underserved residents of Perry County, Alabama. The student team members who submitted the application are Gwen Nance (leader), Ali Lloyd, Allana Alexander, David South, and Ashley Waddell. The faculty advisers are Drs. Dee Dugan, Maisha Kelly Freeman, Pilar Murphy, Whitney White and Maryam Iranikhah.

In her letter of support for the award, Gwen Nance offered the following commentary:

The trips to Perry County and these relationships we have built have also shown me that our patients give us a great gift; they give us their trust. It is this trust that has provided and will continue to provide me with the motivation to achieve academic excellence through sustained education during my career so that I can be the best resource for these patients. This trust is so important and precious that it serves as a reminder that we are the most available health care practitioners for our communities and the patients we serve will look to us for help with all their health care needs.

You’ll hear more about this award in late July. In the meantime, the world is better because of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

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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