Samford University


December 7, 2009

Our Story

Terri Cahoon wrote to me recently of the remarkable impact of our nurse anesthesia program:

"Although we have just graduated our fifth class for a total of 102 graduates, our program is well represented in our professional organization. The board of directors of the Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists has five of the seven director positions filled by Samford graduates: Senior directors – David Fort, David Hambright, and Jen Overton, directors – Heather Fields and Andrew Morris. I am most excited about Heather Rankin, a member of our inaugural class of 2005, who has served as a director for three years and is currently serving as President-elect. These graduates represent Samford well as they daily minister to patients and their families in the stressful time of surgery and as they serve their colleagues in leading our professional organization to fulfill its mission, 'Advancing patient safety and excellence in anesthesia.' How incredibly blessed we are to have such amazing people affiliated with our program!"

The world is better because of our contributions to health care.

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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