September 26, 2011
Last Thursday I was visited in my office by a young man who completed the requirements for his undergraduate degree last summer. I had allowed 30 minutes for the appointment, but it took us 45 minutes (apologies to the person waiting outside my office) to finish our conversation. He transferred to Samford a few years ago at a time when the walls had closed in on him. The depth of his story would consume a dozen “Monday Missions,” but the substance of his commentary might be summarized in one line: “I received what I needed at Samford in ways that I could not have found at any other university.” I responded by saying that similar experiences might have been found at many other institutions, but I was glad that God allowed them to happen for him at Samford.
My young friend spoke from a grateful heart about the members of our faculty and staff who pushed and encouraged him throughout his Samford experience, and of the friends who held him accountable. (When we say that we “nurture persons,” we believe that nurturing includes straight talk and accountability.) Of the names that he mentioned, the most frequent reference was to the work of Dana Basinger, Assistant Dean in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. “I could not have made it without her help,” he said. From listening to other students over the years, I have the feeling that dozens, perhaps hundreds, of students might say the same thing.
The world is better because of lots of things, including, according to this young man, Samford University and Dana Basinger.
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.
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.