Samford University


August 9, 2010

Our Story

 From Hugh Floyd, the chair of our Department of Sociology: 


This past spring Allison Breed was graduated with a major in sociology and in minor music/piano.  She was an outstanding student academically graduating with 148 credits (completed in 4 years)  and a 3.68 grade point average.  She was a delight to be around; filled with enthusiasm and always busy working on non academics at Samford and in the Birmingham community.  Over the past two years we have had numerous conversations about her post graduation plans.  She persistently has sought to join the Peace Corps while I was encouraging her to think about graduate school or applying for a job that became available with a national level church organization in New York City as a social researcher. She continued her quest for the Peace Corps.  Recently she received her appointment to the Corps and will be preparing to go to Azerbaijan to teach English in secondary school.  I think that such a daunting task is fundamental to the needs of youth in emerging countries particularly the young women.  Allison is a well prepared ambassador for Samford University in her contribution to the global community.   


The world is better because Samford fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility. 



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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