Samford University

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April 14, 2014

Our Story

 A few weeks ago, Bill Nunnelley, Samford’s director ofpublic relations and senior editor, reached a milestone that put him in veryrare company – 50 years of service as a Samford employee.  Across thatspan of time, Bill has served many important roles for Samford, includingsports information director in his early years here. Thirty years ago he workedwith former President Tom Corts to develop the concept for Seasons, Samford’saward-winning news magazine, and he is the only editor that publication hashad. Bill continues to tell the Samford story every day, not just in the wordsthat he writes and shares, but in the way that he lives his life and serves theuniversity.  Coincidentally, today is his birthday.

As we celebrate Bill's service today, we also commemoratetwo Samford stalwarts lost this weekend, W. T. (Dub) Edwards and Martha AnnCox.  Their legacies endure.

The world is better because of the loyalty, professionalism,commitment and service of Samford faculty and staff, past and present.




Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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