Samford University

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February 15, 2010

Our Story

Mike Ledgerwood, Chair of World Languages and Cultures, passed along word to me from the recent Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers meeting in Huntsville.  Our own Heather West became President of the organization; Millicent Bolden was chosen as Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher; a recent alumna, Heather Chynoweth, was chosen as Promising New Teacher; and the keynote speaker, Vicki Alvis, is also a Samford alumna (as well as a recent recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Secondary Teacher).  In addition, Mike said that a group of Samford students won the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language's award for best video podcast in the post-secondary category, winning both the popular vote and the vote of the judges.  (Brad Creed referred to this series of victories as the equivalent of the Ben-Hur harvest of the Oscars in 1959!)

The world is better because of Samford's great people.

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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