Samford University


October 20, 2008

Our Story

Alta Lee "Jack" Coker Baker, born in 1907, earned her degree in English from Howard College in 1927, a couple of years before the other stock market tumble.  While at Howard, she was involved in literary societies and the women's glee club.  She married and raised a family in Birmingham, leading an active live supporting home, church and community.   


Mrs. Baker continues to reside in Birmingham and, we believe she is Samford's oldest living graduate.  Her legacy continues at Samford through three great-grandchildren: Steve, a senior sports medicine major; Kendall, a junior family studies major; and Abby, a junior nursing major.   


At 101 years of age, she remains grateful for the Howard (and Samford) influence on her life, to the extent that—just a few months ago—she made her most recent gift to the Samford Auxiliary in support of scholarships for our students.   


The world is better because of Alta Lee Coker Baker. 

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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