Samford University


April 2, 2012

Our Story

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting in the law school one morning with Dean John Carroll as he hosted two Cumberland graduates on campus.  The two grads had been close friends during their Cumberland days; each had moved on to develop successful lives.  As we talked, they asked if they might see Professor Joe Snoe, one of our distinguished faculty members.  During the three-minute walk to his office, years after completing the requirements for their degrees, the grads recounted their overwhelming fear of showing up unprepared for Professor Snoe’s classes. Despite their fears, each said that he was one of the best faculty members they had ever encountered.  Nearing his office, the graduates were astounded as Professor Snoe rose from his chair, called them by name, and then proceeded to recall in considerable detail their journey through Cumberland.   


The world is better because of Professor Joseph Snoe and the members of the Samford 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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