Samford University

Samford University

Infobox University

name = Samford University
motto = For God, For Learning, Forever
established = 1841
(as Howard College)
type = Private (Baptist-affiliated)
head_label = President
head = Andrew Westmoreland
city = Homewood
state = Alabama
country = USA
undergrad = 2,882
postgrad = 1,558
postgrad_label = graduate
faculty = 264
campus = Suburban convert|180|acre|km2|1
endowment = $301 million [cite news | last = | first = | coauthors = | title =College and University Endowments Over $250-Million, 2007 | work =Chronicle of Higher Education | pages =28 | language = | publisher = | date =2008-08-29 | url = | accessdate = ]
free_label = Athletics
free = 13 varsity teams
nickname = Bulldogs
colors = Red and Blue
affiliations = Southern Conference
website = []

Samford University is a private, coeducational, Alabama Baptist-affiliated university located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, and is home to Cumberland School of Law, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Brock School of Business, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and Beeson Divinity School. As of 2006, Samford ranks number four in the South among master's degree institutions in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's Best Colleges. [ [ America's Best Colleges 2008: Universities-Master's (South): Top Schools] ] The 2006 ranking was the 17th consecutive year for the school to be ranked in the top 10 in its category. [ [ Samford Ranked Fourth in South by U.S. News & World Report, 17th Straight Year in Top 10 (Date: Aug 18, 2006)] ] In 2007, Samford was reclassified as "national research university" and on 17 August 2007, Samford ranked 130 out of 261 doctoral universities in U.S. News and World Reports' college rankings. [ [ America's Best Colleges 2008: National Universities: Top Schools] ]


Samford was founded as Howard College in 1841 and opened its doors to students on January 3, 1842, in Marion, Alabama. In 1887 the school relocated to the East Lake community of Birmingham.

Women were first admitted to Howard College in 1895, and the college officially became coeducational in 1913. One year later the school established its Teacher Education Division. In 1920 the school joined the Southern Association of Colleges and in 1927 it added its pharmacy school.

In 1961, the school acquired the Cumberland School of Law from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Under the leadership of President Harwell Goodwin Davis the college looked to relocate again and on June 11, 1953 Howard College broke ground on its third campus in the Shades Valley just south of Birmingham. The school occupied its new campus in 1957.

In 1965 Howard reinstituted its master's degree program. This led to the college's elevation to university status on November 9, 1965. The school was renamed in honor of Frank Park Samford, chairman of the Board of Trustees and to that time, the institution's most generous individual benefactor, because there was already a Howard University in Washington, D.C..

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing owned by the Baptist Medical Center of Birmingham, was added to the University in 1973. In 1988, the Beeson Divinity School was established through donations from Ralph W. Beeson.

The University now consists of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, School of Performing Arts, Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Beeson School of Divinity, and Cumberland School of Law.

On January 29, 2004, in his Founder's Day Address, then-President Thomas E. Corts announced a multi-year improvement plan called, "The Promise." According to Dr. Corts, "Samford University will be an academically vigorous Christian university that coordinates a strong, effective educational program and encouragement of Christian belief and service, within a community that respects its individual members and encourages each to highest and best levels of performance and conduct -- academically, socially, spiritually, physically."

The plan calls for Samford to invest some $200 million to "enrich and enhance the educational experience of its students." Since June 1, 2003 more than $37 million has been contributed in philanthropic gifts toward the campaign.


Board of Trustees

Samford University, as a private corporation, is wholly governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board appoints the President of the University, who serves as chief executive officer. The Board consists of its regular members and the President.


Andrew Westmoreland is the current President of Samford University. Appointed by the Board of Trustees, he is the chief executive officer of the university, and serves only at the pleasure of the Board. Prior to his taking office on June 1, 2006, Westmoreland served as president of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Prior to Westmoreland, the following men served as president:


The sororities represented on campus are:

Samford also houses chapters for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the social fraternity for men of musicianly character; Delta Omicron; and Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service sorority. These chapters are not affiliated with the Interfraternity Council or Panhellinic Council.

Code of Values

Samford University upholds a Code of Values which serves as the standard for personal and academic behavior. It serves as both a regulation of conduct and as an honor code for Samford administration, faculty, and students.

Samford's Values Court deals with specific infractions of the Code of Values by students and consists of representatives of all three of Samford's stakeholders: administration, faculty, and students.

We as the Samford community affirm the value of a peaceful and purposeful community, founded on the moral and ethical integrity of students and faculty. We commit ourselves to the Christian values on which Samford University was founded. We expect that our commitment to mutual responsibility and a spirit of cooperation will create a community that is orderly, caring and just.
*Worth of the Individual
We value the intrinsic worth of every individual in the community. Our respect for other individuals includes an appreciation of cultural backgrounds different from our own, an understanding of different attitudes and opinions, and an awareness of the consequences of our actions on the broader community.
We value personal responsibility and recognize the individual’s need for physical, intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional wholeness. We value the full development of every student in terms of a confident and constructive self-image, of a commitment to self-discipline and of a responsible self-expression.
We value a campus community that encourages personal growth and academic development in an atmosphere of positive Christian influence. We affirm the necessity of academic standards of conduct that allow student and faculty to live and study together. We value the fair and efficient administration of these standards of conduct.
*Respect for Property and the Environment
We value the rights and privileges of owning and using property, both personal and University, and the benefits of preservation and maintenance of property and of our natural resources. In our stewardship of property, we recognize the accountability of our actions to the future of the Samford community.
*Respect for Community Authority
We value our privileges and responsibilities as members of the University community and as citizens of the community beyond the campus. We value the community standards of conduct expressed in our system of laws and value the fair administration of those laws, including University, municipal, state and federal laws.

Allegiance to these values obligates the Samford University student to refrain from and discourages behaviors that threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves. []

tudent Housing

All undergraduate students (with some exceptions) are required to live on campus until the age of 21 to the extent that on-campus student housing facilities can accommodate them.

Approximately 66% of undergraduates -— freshmen, sophomores, and many juniors -— live on campus. Many senior undergraduates also live on campus, and those who do not often join the graduate and professional students in living near campus. Consequently, student life at Samford is heavily intertwined with campus life.

Erskine Ramsay Hall

On Sunday March, 9 2008 at 3:58 PM Ramsay Hall suffered structural damage. Rafters supporting the roof collapsed unexpectedly. Residences heard a serious of loud "shots" minutes before the roof collapsed. Campus safety responded promptley alerting fire departments and structural engineers. President Andrew Westmorland helped students survive the first night by providing a $100 gift card in order to purchase necessities until personal belongings could be recovered from the dormitory. All residences were reassigned dorm rooms the following week. As of August 2008 the remainder of the dorm still stands on campus with no construction repairs done. The fate of the building is still unknown. []


There are several media outlines at Samford, with administration, faculty, and students producing different publications.

[ "Inside Samford"] is the official newsletter of the university administration and faculty. Published ten times each year, it does not publish opinion.

Other media at Samford include:
* [ "The Samford Crimson"] , the student-run, campus-wide newspaper. With a circulation of 4,000, it is available free to all full-time, undergraduate students and is distributed at key locations on campus.
* [ "The Belltower"] , the official online news source of the University administration, published once per month during the summer and weekly during the academic year.
* [ "Seasons"] , the alumni magazine, published quarterly.
* WVSU-FM (91.1), a 500-watt FM radio station that serves the southern portion of the Birmingham area.
* "Cumberland Law Review" [] whose members are selected by write-on from the top 15% of the Cumberland School of Law's first-year class to write articles and comments on newly decided cases and recently passed laws.
* "The American Journal of Trial Advocacy" [] , also published by the Cumberland School of Law, which is a national journal focusing on developments in trial law, technique, and practice.
* "Keeping Faith" is a newsletter for Alabama Baptists about current events at Samford University. It is produced by the Office of Public Relations and published regularly in The Alabama Baptist newspaper.
* "Samford Business" is a semiannual publication of the School of Business, produced by the Office of University Communications.
* "PBL Insight" is the newsletter for the Beeson School of Education's Center for Problem-Based Learning, published by the Office of University Communications.
* [ "Exodus"] magazine is published by journalism majors from Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences.
* "ENGAGE" magazine is a student run publication that was started in the fall of 2005. ENGAGE serves to encourage students to examine the relationship between faith, culture and vocation. Students are encouraged to contribute by writing and designing and it is made available to all students at key areas around campus when it is published twice a semester.


Notable alumni

The Samford University Alumni Association counts more than 27,000 graduates among its membership. Some notable alumni include:
* Derrick Adam, (2004), JET Programme ALT, Linguist
* Robert Aderholt (1990), United States Congressman from Alabama (1997- )
* Bobby Bowden (1953), former football coach, current coach at Florida State University. Bowden currently has the most wins in Division 1 (including A and AA) history, and has been inducted into the College Football Hall-of-Fame.
* Bonnie Bolding, movie/television actress and wife of John Swearingen, former chairman of Standard Oil Company
* Marv Breeding (1952), MLB player
* Francois Coutu (1981), President and CEO of Jean Coutu Group.
* Charles Crist, current Florida Governor, graduated from Cumberland School of Law
* Cortland Finnegan, (2005), Cornerback for the Tennessee Titans
* Jimbo Fisher(1987), Offensive Coordinator for Florida State Seminole Football Program.
* Deidre Downs, (2002), Miss America 2005.
* Karen Fairchild, singer for country music band Little Big Town
* Wayne Flynt, (1961). Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian.
* Anne George, mystery author
* Ben Burnett, Pianist
* Tony Hale, actor "Arrested Development"
* Charles Hammill, inventor and noted psychologist
* Susan Pace Hamill, (2002), legal scholar
* Andrew Gerow Hodges, (1942), decorated World War II hero and Liberty National Life Insurance Company executive.
* William E. Hull, retired Provost of Southern Seminary and Samford University; New Testament scholar
* Page H. Kelley, Old Testament scholar at Southern Seminary.
* Harold E. Martin (1923-2007), who received his bachelor of arts in journalism from Samford in 1954, also taught advertising and libel law at the university in the early 1960s. He won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting while he was publisher of the "Montgomery Advertiser" and the "Alabama Journal". He was also the assistant general manager of the "Birmingham News" from 1960-1963.
* Adrian McCullough, famous social worker
* Scott James Meyer, Stand up comic and actor.
* Eric Motley (1996) State Department official, graduate of St. Andrews [ [ A Path All His Own For Eric Motley, the Measure of a Man Isn't His Politics (Wil Haygood)The Washington Post (Sunday, June 11, 2006); Page A01] ]
* Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, National Council of Churches official, former VP at Samford and Southern Seminary.
* James Record (1950s), former Alabama Senator and former chairman of the Madison County (Alabama) Commission
* Kimberly Roads, singer for country music band Little Big Town
* Betsy Rogers, National Teacher of the year, 2003 [ [ Samford Alumna Betsy Rogers Named National Teacher of Year (DATE: April 29, 2003)] ]
* Janie Shores, retired Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of Alabama who was briefly considered as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court
* Arthur Walker, late vice president of Samford University and Southern Seminary and executive director of the SBC Education Commission

External links

* [ Samford University]
* [ Samford University Catalog]
* [ Samford Bulldogs Athletics]
* [ Southern Conference]
* [ Alabama Baptist Convention]


* "Samford University Student Handbook." Birmingham, Alabama: Samford University, 2005.

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