Samford University


July 25, 2011

Our Story

The faculty members in our Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing received a touching message last month from a 2009 graduate.  She recounted the emotions surrounding the death of a patient one night while she was on duty in the intensive care unit of a hospital, and the aftermath:


"I received a beautiful card from the family thanking me for my talent and skill, and for taking care of them, as well as their husband and father. This is when I realized what Mrs. Moffett meant by 'courage to care.' I think it is so easy for us as nurses to say that we get used to death; we work in an ICU so it is bound to happen at some point or another. But the truth is that it gets harder every time. It is ok for us to cry when a patient dies or go to the memorial service or funeral. Showing emotion versus remaining stoic is sometimes a good thing."


The world is better because Ida V. Moffett--and the thousands who have followed her--were equipped with the courage to care. 

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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