Samford University

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May 24, 2010

Our Story

Along with hundreds of his peers from across the country and around the world, Perry Beasley of Marietta, Georgia will enter Samford in August as a new student.  He was hoping to play football this fall . . . until March, when he discovered a mass on the left side of his neck.  Perry has Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Disease.  It has a high cure rate and Perry's hopes are boundless, but it is not exactly the way that he had planned to begin his college career.  He said, "When I first found out, I went into my room and I just cried. I was doing really well in school, was going to play college football, was becoming stronger, so I felt a little helpless, very frustrated, and couldn't help but think, 'Why me?' But that didn't last long, and eventually I just made our house a no-cry zone. I was going to beat this, I was going to be OK, and needed to just focus on what's next."

Read Perry's inspiring story at http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/7570136/article-Profile-in-courage?instance=home_news_left 

The world is better because of Perry Beasley.

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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