For God, For Learning, Forever....
At Samford’s humble beginnings in 1841, our founders committed themselves to
“establishing and endowing a university of a high character.” They envisioned a
university of sincere faith, offering the best quality education. Today, as one
of only a few national doctoral research universities devoted to a Christian
mission, there is little doubt that Samford University far exceeds our founders’
most fervent hopes to attain quality and maintain character.
At this pivotal moment, Samford is prepared to embrace an even bolder calling—a
vision for recognized achievement within the ranks of America’s most influential
To advance this vision, we have committed ourselves to a bold and
challenging strategic plan, building upon past success and moving from strength
to strength. The carefully crafted goals urgently address priorities within each
school and promote transformative university-wide initiatives. Attainment of
this vision will empower and enhance Samford’s core mission to nurture persons
for God, for learning, forever. The goals of the plan are addressed in three