Samford University


November 28, 2011

Our Story

 Dr. Forrest Hinton, a Samford graduate, opened his medical practice in Immokalee, Florida in the early 1950s.  With the assistance of his wife, Helen, he built a reputation as the “Swamp Doctor of the Everglades,” treating thousands of Floridians until he retired in 1981.  Dr. Hinton, who always appreciated the significance of his Samford education, died in 1987.  When Mrs. Hinton passed away a few months ago, Samford became the beneficiary of more than $1.4 million from the Hinton estate, with a substantial portion of the bequest designated for scholarship endowment to assist worthy students.  


The Hinton story has yet another Samford twist.  When Dr. Hugh Floyd, chair of our sociology department, heard the news of the bequest a few weeks ago, he wrote to say that his father became the minister of music at the First Baptist Church in Immokalee in the early 1960s.  “I was a senior and played on the high school basketball team,” said Dr. Floyd.  “During one of the practice sessions for the team I broke my foot.  Dr. Hinton put the plaster cast on my foot.  He was a kind and helpful man who did serve the community well.  The Samford world is both global and small.”  


The world is better because of Forrest and Helen Hinton . . . despite the fact that the NBA was deprived of the talents of young Hugh Floyd. 



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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