Samford University


December 29, 2008

Our Story

Katherine and Jason Wolf are Samford graduates, living in California.  Last April, Katherine suffered a catastrophic bleeding in her brain, resulting from an arteriovenous malformation, an unusual collection of blood vessels.  In what can only be described as a miracle, Katherine is alive today, undergoing a slow, steady recovery.  Last month, on the date of their fourth wedding anniversary, Jason wrote these words:  “The bride, though now unable to walk herself down any aisle or clearly speak her wedding vows or eat her beloved wedding cake, is somehow, impossibly more radiant now than she was then.  Now, she glows with the light of new life.  Those two giddy newlyweds are still in here, somewhere deep down.  We’ve been battered, but we are not broken.”  Just last week, on Christmas Eve, Katherine wrote, “On a Christmas when I can neither walk nor eat, I find myself grateful for what I do have.” 


The world is better because of Katherine and Jason Wolf—and for the faith that sustains them.

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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