December 8, 2008
Dr. William E. Hull returned to Samford, his alma mater, as Provost in 1987, following a distinguished career as a theologian and pastor. With a towering intellect, a gentle spirit, and a commitment to faith and scholarship, he led Samford’s academic program until his retirement in 1996. He serves today with the title of Research Professor. A decade ago, when Mark Noll—then at Wheaton and now at Notre Dame—challenged those of us in Christ-centered higher education to engage in serious scholarship, he quoted our own Bill Hull: “The church has failed to define its intellectual responsibilities in compelling terms, to call out from among its own those gifted to discharge this neglected stewardship, and to provide such budding scholars with support for the kind of advanced training that will equip them to do credible work on so exacting a frontier.” At the commencement ceremony this Saturday morning, December 13, in recognition of a lifetime of raising the standards for himself and those around him, we will bestow upon Dr. Hull an honorary degree.
The world is better because of William E. Hull.
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.