Samford University


July 18, 2011

Our Story

Our story this week is found in the life of Laverne Farmer, who helped to oversee Samford’s financial operations from 1983 until his retirement in 2000.  A study in competence and character, Mr. Farmer died last week, facing the transition with grace, stoicism, and gratitude for a blessed life.  He provided stability for our institution during important years of transition.  On more than one occasion, I’ve heard him tell the legendary story of the time that Samford friends took a birthday gift of two pairs of trousers to the very frugal Ralph Beeson.  Mr. Beeson reportedly thanked his guests, admired the trousers, then handed back one pair with the admonition, “I only need one pair.  You can return the other pair and get your money back.”  Laverne was a good steward of relationships, as well as a good steward of Samford’s financial resources. 

The world is better because Laverne Farmer was born into it.  We mourn his passing, and we celebrate a life well lived. 

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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