Samford University


December 27, 2010

Our Story

Sitting inside the Samford president's home this morning, coffee cup nearby, I am gazing at the beauty of the campus . . . and remembering that thousands of men and women have worked over the years to enable the blessings that we enjoy today.  We lost one of those individuals last week, just before Christmas.  James A Head, Sr., a Samford trustee since 1955, died on Tuesday at the age of 106.  In the 1950s, he led the fund drive for the relocation and rebuilding of Howard College.  A leader in business, education, racial reconciliation, philanthropy, and civic involvement, Mr. Head set the standard for all of us.  We know how he was greeted in Heaven on Tuesday morning.  "Well done . . ."  


The world is better because of Jim Head. 

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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