Samford University


June 25, 2012

Our Story

Randy Pittman, our vice president for university advancement, represented Samford at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans last week during the historic election of the first African-American president of the SBC, Dr. Fred Luter.  Always on the trail of Samford connections, Randy reports that Dr. Luter’s daughter, Kim, received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Samford.  (Kim is a teacher in our local public schools.)  In addition, he said that the music in all the sessions was led by Samford people:   “Mark Cottingham ’83 was the overall worship leader for the convention, and it was very moving to see him on stage singing a duet with his daughter, our admissions counselor Sarah Cottingham ’11, accompanied at the piano by Mark’s wife and Sarah’s mom Rebekah. Later that same day, Charles Billingsley ’92 also joined them on stage to lead music. The second day of the convention, we were led in contemporary worship by Bobby Smith ’08, and Bobby was accompanied by a couple of Samford alums.”


The world is better because Samford “is a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and faith, in the Baptist tradition.”

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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