Samford University


August 10, 2009

Our Story

From the father of a new student:


“This past Sunday after church, on a lark, my wife wanted to head up to Samford with my son to check out his dorm room and do some measurements to get ready for August 20 when he has to be there.  I kept telling her that it was Sunday and in the summer and that we probably didn’t have a very good chance to get in.  Still, I was overruled and off we headed.  Upon arrival I felt pretty good when we found Mountain View Dorm locked up and no one around.  Since I had tried to tell everyone that and now it was happening my ego felt pretty good.  Then my son and I spotted a young man walking toward another dorm and I decided to ask him for some help.  He was so thoughtful and helpful.  I told him how we came to be there from Montgomery and he listened and then offered to call a friend of his who got him the number to an RA at another dorm on campus.  I thanked him, not expecting anything to come of it, and then he really impressed me when he told us that he would walk us to the door that (the RA) would be coming to and that he would stay with us until he did arrive!  I know he was busy studying for an exam and had other business but he stopped and took time, that I didn’t expect nor ask for, to help us.  Then this young man talked to us about his experiences at Samford and how he arrived and that he also played football.  He was very intelligent and humble and his manners were super and I could tell that he enjoyed talking to us while we waited.  I can’t remember when I was so impressed with someone for showing such an act of grace.  Within about 10 minutes the RA arrived and let us in and this young man moved off quietly to his destination.  I thanked him and it made me feel that indeed Samford is a special place and I then understood what my wife has so many times tried to tell me.  I arrived back home and for the life of me I couldn’t remember his name, but I did remember his jersey number because I told him I would be at the games this fall and look for him.  I got on Samford and found a roster of players and there he was, #13, Thomas Broussard.  God Bless you, Thomas, for showing me that Samford University is more than just a bunch of buildings on a campus and confirming what I and my whole family have been praying about for so long—that Samford University is where the Lord wanted my son.”


The world is better because of second-mile people like Thomas Broussard.

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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