Samford University


October 5, 2009

Our Story

Jonathan Bass, chair of our Department of History, wrote to me last week with this update on one of our bright undergrads:


“I thought you might be interested in knowing that the American Journalism Historical Association (AHJA)--the national organization for this field--is holding its annual meeting in Birmingham next week.  Dr. Julie Williams has done a fine job in serving as local host and program director.  I'm most excited that one of our undergraduates, Haley Aaron ( a History/JMC major) will be presenting on the CBS documentary "Who Speaks For Birmingham?"  In a joint presentation, Haley and I will be analyzing the people in, and the content of, the documentary.  She is the authority on the film--I'm just along for the ride.  Haley will be doing her senior thesis in history next semester on the people in the film (she has already done extensive research on the documentary), including the Howard College students.  Having one our undergraduates presenting at the most prestigious national organization in the field is a testament to her fine scholarly work. It also speaks volumes about the commitment to undergraduate research in the Howard College of Arts & Sciences.”


The world is better because of Haley Aaron.

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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