Samford University


March 7, 2011

Our Story


As our student-athletes prepare to play today (3:00 p.m. CST, live via television on SportSouth, radio on WVSU 91.1 FM, and the Internet at in the final game of the women's basketball championship for the Southern Conference, here is a recent message from Pam London, the mother of SoCon Player of the Year, Emily London: 


"Em has had a great experience at Samford, both in basketball and in the classroom. Ron and I could not have asked that her college days be any better. Being seven hours away from her was quite an adjustment; however, Coach Morris and the Samford family made it tolerable because we felt that she was being taken care of. Emily had other opportunities, but I am so thankful that Mike Morris was the one to coach her for four years. I have the highest regard for him as a man, a coach, and as a role model. If I could talk to the parents of potential recruits, he would get them all! He takes a personal interest in all of his players, he disciplines with love, and he teaches them to be responsible adults! We will continue to support Samford because we feel that we are a part of that family and women's basketball will always be a priority." 


The world is better because of Samford's nurturing environment. 


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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