Samford University


October 26, 2009

Our Story

Dating back to the 1960s (when a kid named Brad Bishop was providing guidance) Samford has enjoyed a strong reputation in intercollegiate debate.  At this point in the 2009-10 season, Samford is ranked 15th in the United States.  Harvard is only a couple of places behind, at 17th.  At a recent Vanderbilt tournament, Logan Graminski was the top speaker and Dan Bagwell was ranked second.  Ryan Galloway provides outstanding leadership for the team. 

The world is better because of the Samford Debate Team.

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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