Samford University


June 8, 2009

Our Story

Faith Mugwe is a Kenyan student in our McWhorter School of Pharmacy.  Last week she began her clinical rotations in Perry County, Alabama.  In the written summary of her experiences of the past week, she said, "I came to the United States of America thinking that health care was readily available to everyone."  After encountering Perry County residents who travel by bus for miles for the simplest of procedures--having their blood pressure read, for instance--she recognizes that problems remain within the landscape of American health care.  But her essay didn't stop there, as she outlined various approaches to public policy.  "In the meantime," she observed, "the patient needs to be taught how to take care of their disease and how to eat right."  Furthermore, "When the patients are aware of the consequences, they will be motivated to take care of themselves and also help their neighbors." 


The world is better because of the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and our graduates, helping one neighbor at a time.   


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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