Samford University


November 12, 2012

Our Story

Pamela Yau Smith, a Learning Enhancement and Academic Design teacher at Edgewood Elementary School—and a graduate of our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies—received word a few days ago that she is one of 32 educators across the country this year to receive the Milken Family Foundation Award, a prestigious honor that is known in the world of K-12 education as the “Education Oscar.”  Congratulations, Pamela!

The world is better because of the creativity and dedication of Pamela Yau Smith and the graduates of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.


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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