Samford University


September 27, 2010

Our Story

Our Story 

From Leslie Chastain, senior accountant in our Business and Financial Affairs division: 


"My young daughter plays soccer and I told her last year after I began working for Samford that the soccer team usually sits close to my table in the cafeteria each day at lunch.  She was so excited and came to lunch with me one day last fall when she was out of school.  She brought her soccer ball in hopes that she could get some of their autographs.  Once we asked the first player for an autograph, that player then sent every player that came in after that to our table.  They all came to my daughter and each asked her about her team and her games.  Colette Nammour then took her ball from her so that she could get the entire team to sign, since only a small number of them had been at lunch that day.  About a week later, Colette met me on campus to hand back the soccer ball that was now COVERED in autographs!  My daughter felt like a queen that day in the cafeteria and is still so proud of her soccer ball a year later.  We went to some of the games and will be going back this year to cheer our Lady Bulldogs to victory on the soccer field." 


The world is better because Samford people are attentive to relationships. 

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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