Published on February 9, 2015  

At a meeting a few days ago in Washington, DC, I heard David Coleman, President of the College Board, reflect on the value—and the demise in so much of higher education—of what he characterized as “productive solitude.”  Writing this message at an early hour, looking across a serene campus, I’m heartened by the fact that Samford is a place where productive solitude may still be found, and even cherished.  Ideas and understanding come to many of us in quiet moments.  Even on the first day of the week of Step Sing, I’m in awe of the silent majesty of this place.

The world is better because productive solitude may still be found at Samford.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.