Published on December 18, 2017  

My mind was still jumbled from the activities of the morning so I can’t remember his exact words, but the essence is easy to recall.  He began by saying that, of all the money he has ever spent, even with sending three children to three other universities, he didn’t think he had ever made a better investment than in the experiences his daughter received at Samford.  He spoke of the ways in which his daughter had grown, academically, emotionally and spiritually.  He praised the members of our faculty.  He spoke in glowing terms of our students.  I found myself carried away, as I always am, with the depth of gratitude that I also feel for Samford, as an employee, as the parent of a graduate and as a lifelong admirer for the timeless goals of education.     

The world is better because of Samford University, a unique, beautiful, flawed, aspiring, hopeful place.  Jeanna and I wish the happiest of Christmases for each of you.

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.