Samford University


September 12, 2011

Our Story

Emily Hynds, a faculty member in our Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, lost her grandfather a few days ago.  He was a retired faculty member at Clemson. She wears his academic robe and hat at commencement ceremonies, which will mean that the processional in December will be especially poignant for her. 


Emily told me last week that two of her students were in her office when she received word of her grandfather's passing.  A few days later, she received a beautiful flower arrangement with words of strong affirmation from "her math majors and minors."  "I have never been so touched by a group of students," Emily said. 


The world is better because of Samford's unique bond between students and faculty.        





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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