Samford University


November 17, 2008

Our Story

When one of our international students arrived in Birmingham, he spent his first evening in a local hotel.  Unaware of the distance from the hotel to the campus, he set out on foot, carrying his belongings, making slow progress along Lakeshore Drive.  (On this November morning, do you remember the heat of August?)  A Samford alumnus, Matt Leach (Biochem 2005, Pharmacy 2008), pulled over to offer our young friend a ride.  Matt and his wife, Amanda, learned the student's story, so they made a special trip to a local store, purchasing for him what he would need to get him settled in his room.   


The world is better because of Matt and Amanda Leach.    


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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