Samford University


April 16, 2012

Our Story

Sometimes the Samford story is told in awards won atacademic competitions, or victories on athletic fields, or accomplishments ofour faculty, or the triumphs of our alumni . . . and sometimes the story istold in one simple act, as related to me last week by one of our students,Rebecca Glenn:

 “Tuesday night I was up in thecomputer lab in the education building working on a group project.  Iaccidentally left my flash drive in the computer.  I didn't realize ituntil the next day, so Wednesday afternoon I went back up there to get it, andit was gone.  Needless to say, I panicked!  My entire college careeris on this flash drive.  I immediately began asking faculty members ifanyone had turned it in.  Unfortunately no one had, but everyone was veryconcerned.  Dr. Haralson went with me to ask a couple of other facultymembers about it, as well as suggesting other places I could look, such as theHUB and public safety.  When I went downstairs and asked Leslie Mann, thegraduate secretary, she immediately began making a flyer to hang up around thebuilding, as well as emailing other faculty members in the building to ask ifany of them had found it or had it turned in to them.  By the time I gotback from the HUB she already had the flyer printed and hung up around the building. Fortunately, my flash drive was found by a faculty member who returned it to methe following day.  However, the concern of the staff and their immediateresponse of help deeply touched me.  It just goes to show how much thefaculty and staff at Samford care about their students.”

The world is better because Samford people take the extratime to offer help to a neighbor.



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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