Samford University

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October 19, 2009

Our Story

Through a twist of events too difficult to share within this short space, one of our students in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy (MSOP), along with his wife, recently assumed guardianship of two little boys, ages four and six.  In an outpouring of support that brings tears to my eyes, the students, faculty, and staff of MSOP have donated bunk beds, books, toys, clothing, gift cards and cash--all the items necessary for providing a supportive environment for an instant family.  In addition, members of the MSOP faculty and staff have established a fund to defray expenses for caring for the boys before and after school each day.  Seeing a need, our people resolved to meet it. 

The world is better because of Samford's "service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community."

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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