Published on July 8, 2019
It is a name that has come to be virtually synonymous with Samford, given the breadth of the Beeson family’s investment in our university. We are well aware that Mr. Beeson made a lot of money—and he gave away a lot of money, almost $100 million to Samford from the combined gifts of the Beeson family. His motivation? In his own words: “It’s the Lord’s money. He gave me the gift of making it. I am not smart enough to make that much money on my own. It’s his money and I’m going to give it back to him.”
The world is better because of the “giving back” of Mr. Beeson and so many other friends of Samford.
About Samford University—Samford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.