Samford University

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July 28, 2014

Our Story

Information is posted on the homepage. One vignette stands out in my mind from the reports we’ve received. At the end of a very busy day last week, Patrick Hatcher, Director of Operations and Facilities for Samford athletics, was working with others to close the site. A young man from Dominica who had helped all day was providing assistance. Athletics Director Martin Newton offered the explanation of what happened at that point in the story:   

Patrick asked what size he wore and he said size 13. Patrick knew we didn't have anything that big so he took his size 12s off and gave them to him. What did not get caught on camera but was witnessed by a few of us was the young man crying as we all parted for the day.  

The world is better because of the Christ-centered compassion of Samford people. We don’t get it right all the time, but we never cease to try.

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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