Samford University


October 18, 2010

Our Story

Jeremy Thornton, economics professor, recently received this message from 2009 Brock School of Business graduate, Anne Morel: 

“I thought I’d give you an update of where I’ll be for the next few years.  I am moving to Haiti tomorrow to work with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) as the business manager there in Port-au-Prince for three years.  I am really excited and know this is where the Lord is leading me.  I’ll be working on monitoring and evaluation of their projects, job creation, business development, and some accounting.  I’ll get to be in the community a good bit working to see how jobs can be created.  It really is such a great opportunity and I am so thankful for it.” 

After graduating from Samford majoring in Economics, Anne heeded Dr. Thornton’s encouragement to seek an MBA in International Economic Development at Eastern University.   

The world is better because professors like Dr. Thornton invest their time and talents in their students and students like Anne follow their dreams to make a tangible difference in the world. 

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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