October 1, 2012
One morning last month, I sat in the Cumberland School of Law during a ceremony in which Bill Ross and Howard Walthall were invested as holders of academic chairs. Of the various recognitions bestowed on faculty, perhaps nothing is of greater symbolic value than the appointment to a chair of instruction. Professor Walthall spoke that morning of Cumberland’s lineage, a topic near to his heart because he co-authored (with David Langum) a history of the law school. In his brief remarks, Professor Ross touched on the significance of judicial review, a matter of special interest to him given his background in constitutional law and American legal history. Seeing these longtime faculty members together on the stage, expressing so much of what is right about higher education in America and accepting with self-effacing gratitude the recognition of their peers, it brought a smile to my face. Three weeks later, reflecting on that morning, the smile returns.
The world is better because of the quality of the Samford faculty.
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.
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.