Samford University


February 16, 2009

Our Story

One day last September, Valerie Prince of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy sent an e-mail message to Samford friends, asking for prayer for a little boy who had been scalded from the neck down.  Parental abuse was in question.  Candy Hughes, in our student health office, received the message and passed it along to other friends and members of her church, seeking additional prayer support.  One of the couples in her church began to visit the little boy in the hospital . . . and then they initiated paperwork . . . and then they took foster parenting classes . . . and soon this precious boy will be released from the hospital to go home with his new family.       


The world is better because of Valerie Prince, Candy Hughes, and faith that moves us from prayer to action.      



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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