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January 27, 2014

Our Story

A few days ago I recounted the story of one of our graduates, Mary Moody, who was appointed to a six-month internship in the Washington, D.C. branch of the European Parliament Liaison Office.  Within hours of the posting of the story, Mike Floyd, Professor of Law and Director of International Studies for our Cumberland School of Law, was writing to ask for Mary’s e-mail address so that he could connect her with Cumberland alumna Loreta Raulinaityte, who recently concluded a six-month effort to organize Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  Mary’s teacher and mentor, Dr. Serena Simoni of Howard College’s Department of Political Science readily supplied the e-mail address, and then Mike connected Loreta and Mary through the magic of electronic communication.  As these events were unfolding, Dr. Brad Creed, our Provost and Executive Vice President, was writing to Mary’s father, back home in Texas, to make sure that he knew his daughter had been highlighted in a “Monday Mission.” 

Why bother with passing along these details associated with a simple message?  Because the members of the Samford faculty think first and often of the ways in which they can help to connect their students and graduates with important people and causes across the globe. 

The world is better because of the members of the Samford faculty.

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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