December 12, 2011
Our trustees met a few days ago for a routine meeting, receiving reports and monitoring the work of the university. Buddy Champion, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, presented his report, concluding with the presentation of 261 names, 261 lives, 261 souls for participation in commencement activities on December 17. He registered the motion, a unanimous vote was offered, and then the trustees paused, reflecting on the gravity of the moment, as Buddy prayed for these men and women who have earned their degrees in this place.
The world is better because Samford helps people prepare for lives of “service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.”
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.