Published on September 23, 2019  

Away from the office for a week, I expected as I returned this morning the usual piles of mail and miscellaneous reports needing attention.  Included in the mail was an anonymous letter, which I began to read with the natural trepidation that accompanies the opening of unsigned correspondence.  This letter was from a person who signed, simply, “a grandma.”  She wrote to me to of her appreciation for Samford, with particular gratitude for the attention to her grandson by one of our faculty member.  “Mark my words,” she wrote, “these professors are very influential to these students.”  Her grandson “has been greatly impacted by the words of one . . . of his professors.”  “I don’t know the name of the specific individual.  To him, and for that matter, all of them, I want to say thanks.  You have won a grandmother’s heart.”

Her concluding paragraph:  “I’m sure he (my grandson) would be embarrassed to know that I have sent this letter; thus, his identity will remain undisclosed.  But at age 75, I think I have earned the privilege to encourage you and the generation we love so dearly.  We have the privilege to pass on the baton, and thank you once again for taking up that challenge and going forth.”

The world is better because of a grandmother’s heart—and the meaningful ways in which her heart was won by the competence, compassion and wisdom of Samford faculty. 

About Samford UniversitySamford 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.