Samford University


October 29, 2012

Our Story

 Jonathan Davis, Associate Professor in our Department of Family Studies, received a “Connecting Across the University Faculty Fellowship” last year, through which he was given a course reduction so that he could focus on the development of grant applications.  According to Brad Creed, our Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Davis collaborated with faculty and staff at Samford, colleagues at other universities in the Birmingham area, and law enforcement and volunteer agencies to address the problem of violence against women.  His efforts were not in vain.  A few days ago we received word of a grant in the amount of $499,551, to be shared among the collaborating institutions and agencies.  In announcing the grant, Dr.Davis said, “When citizens take action, we can prevent untold trauma and improve the health of our community.”

The world is better because Dr. Davis embraces the Samford values of “personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.”


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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