Samford University

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April 5, 2010

Our Story

Jeanie Box from our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies passed along a message to me from another great teacher with Samford credentials, Katherine Hill Fields.  Katie was writing to Mandy Hilsmier, a valued member of our faculty:

"I'm not sure if you will remember me, but I am a former Samford student that graduated from the ESEC program in 2006.  I have now taught in two different systems and in two different grade levels.  I am currently teaching 3rd grade in Concord, NC just outside of Charlotte.  I continue to love my job more and more with each passing year.  I know I've found my calling.  I wanted to email you and let you know that I was just named teacher of the year for my school!  I was so honored and excited at the same time!  I wanted to take this chance to email you and tell you what an impact my experience at Samford and your outstanding leadership has given me over the past four years.  I felt very well equipped when I left Samford, but I also believe you gave me the tools necessary to continue to learn and grow as the curriculum and demands change.  Thank you for giving me the skills I needed to change students' lives effectively while continuing to love what I do!

"P.S. Oh yeah, and I've gotten married since my Samford days and I'm now Katie Fields! :o)"

The world is better because of Katie Fields.

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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