There are many great institutions of higher education, but there is only one Samford University. Here, a dedicated faculty and energetic students join to create a community of learning and faith like no other. The beauty of Samford’s campus is virtually matchless, but it pales in comparison to the quality of our people. From the classrooms and laboratories to the artistic stages and athletic venues, the minds and souls of Samford people make the real difference. Samford people bring the best, they are demanding and compassionate, they know the importance of engaging the world with a faith that calls them to serve. Each Monday, I share one of their incredible stories to illustrate how our people impact the world.

Monday Mission, July 22, 2019

Many of us experienced a sense of loss when Dr. Chuck Sands left his faculty position at Samford a few years ago to join the administration of California Baptist University in Riverside.

A Samford graduate (and the son of our former pharmacy dean, Dr. Charlie Sands), Chuck was a highly respected member of our faculty.  One thing led to another for Dr. Sands and he is now serving as Provost at CBU.  A few days ago a friend commented to me of Chuck’s growing influence in the world of higher education.  We still miss him—but we are grateful that Samford played a small role in his preparation for life beyond Birmingham.

The world is better because of the significant contributions of Samford graduates.