Samford University


August 8, 2011

Our Story

Lauren Sharpe received her Samford diploma in May, and then she headed to Washington, D.C. for a Tim Robinson Fellowship with The Washington Post, coordinated through our Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.  In her blog last April, she counted down the days to graduation, reflecting in dozens of ways about all the things she would miss about her college experiences.  Among her entries, Lauren wrote: "It's really hard to believe my time in the JMC department is almost entirely over, and I don't have any classes in the department right now, so it pretty much is. I will forever be grateful for the department and the discipline, and I know that what I've learned at Samford and the people I met will be more than present in my work in the journalism industry. I'm thankful for the resume-building and the relationships." The world is better because Samford faculty members invest themselves in the lives of their students, launching an endless reinvestment across time and place. 

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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