Samford University


March 28, 2011

Our Story

Dr. John Carter married Dr. Frances Carter on March 16, 1946.  Yes, that means that they celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary a few days ago, surrounded by family and friends.  The Doctors Carter taught for many years at Samford, where they made a significant impact on thousands of lives.  During the Second World War, John was a paratrooper, while Fran worked as a riveter on an airplane assembly line.  In an interview a few weeks ago, John joked, “I decided that if she was going to be putting planes together, I was safer jumping out of them.”  In their post-classroom lives, they continue to set the standard for community involvement.  They are extraordinary ambassadors for Samford University. 

The world is better because of John and Frances Carter. 

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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