Samford University


September 6, 2010

Our Story

Julie Stewart does a great job each day in her role as Samford's payroll manager.  She wrote to me a few days ago, singing the praises of her coworkers across the campus:


"Being in HR, my everyday mission at Samford primarily involves ministering to the faculty and staff and those students who decide to work on campus.  With an entering freshman who will live on campus this year, I had the opportunity to experience things from the other side of the fence, so to speak. Of the various universities that my daughter visited, she said Samford was where she felt “at home.”  I have known my fellow employees do a great job as I observe them as coworkers. But to actually experience it from the perspective of a parent was truly eye opening.  I can only describe our experience as “Outstanding!”   To experience Freshman Move In with the added insight of knowing what the people orchestrating it have been through to pull off this well choreographed dance made it completely awe inspiring.  I left my daughter on Friday believing that she was in very capable hands (whether I had been traveling back to another state or returning to campus on Monday) and heard the same sentiment from other parents over and over again.  Everyone involved did an amazing job, particularly Lauren Taylor and her Residence Life staff!  God has truly blessed Samford with incredible people who touch the lives of students and their parents every day."


The world is better because Samford's employees are committed to continuous improvement

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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