Samford University


January 30, 2012

Our Story

 Dr. David Luthin of our McWhorter School of Pharmacy wrote to me recently with the details of how our students, faculty, and staff responded to a crisis within the family of one of our P4 students.  The quote is lengthy, but the story is worthy of a few seconds of your time as we begin a new semester at Samford. 


From Dr. Luthin: 


"Last semester one of our P4 students found out that his wife was diagnosed with leukemia. The P4 class president, Scott Keith, brought it to my attention (I serve as the class advisor for the P4 class) and to our administration. Immediately, a call to action occurred in which we asked how we could all help. It was apparent that the medical bills were going to be enormous as he has minimum health insurance coverage. Not only were their medical bills going to be a problem, but since the P4 student was the sole provider for his wife and two young boys by maintaining part-time work as a pharmacy technician, his family was also in jeopardy of not being able to pay their rent and utility bills. Our faculty and students answered the call raising thousands of dollars to help the family, and funds are still rolling in for him. In addition, after continuous pressure by Scott Keith, the P4 student provided a Christmas 'wish list' from his boys that was distributed, and all items on the list were immediately provided by both faculty and students. I am so proud to be part of this faculty and Samford University." 


The world is better because Samford people value "service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community." 


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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