Samford University


February 23, 2009

Our Story

 One week ago, Price and Ann Hightower, long-time residents of Birmingham, were in a terrible car accident near Sylacauga.  An 18-wheeler crossed the median and struck their car head-on.  Mr. Hightower was killed instantly.  Chris Goree, a December graduate of Samford, and Caitlyn Cota, a current student, were first on the scene.  They pulled Mrs. Hightower from the car.  Chris shattered the driver’s side window, breaking his wrist in the process, as he tried to reach for Mr. Hightower.  Caitlyn dressed Mrs. Hightower’s wounds, talked with her, retrieved her purse and used her cell phone to call a family member.  Caitlyn climbed aboard the ambulance with Mrs. Hightower, proceeding to the hospital in Sylacauga.  Chris followed, and they remained with Mrs. Hightower until family members began to arrive.  They remain in touch with members of the Hightower family. 


 Those who show mercy prove themselves to be neighbors.   


The world is better because of Chris Goree and Caitlyn Cota.      



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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