Samford University

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At Samford University you'll find the personal relationships of a small college with the dynamic academic, cultural, and athletics resources of a major university.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr
Birmingham, AL 35229


Phone: 205-726-2011

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 630312914

CEO/President: Beck A. Taylor

Chairman: Hon. Karon Bowdre

Board size: 44

Founder: Alabama Baptist State Convention

Ruling year: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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.

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

Samford University's corporate expression of faith commitment is The Statement of Baptist Faith and Message of 1963, without amendment.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating260 of 111031 of 129
Fund acquisition rating30 of 11119 of 129
Resource allocation rating386 of 111139 of 129
Asset utilization rating754 of 1110101 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$108,213,596$27,022,796$25,246,083$24,938,805$25,325,520
Short-term investments$212,856,449$251,221,564$208,507,733$228,785,883$228,256,289
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$386,863,603$338,871,498$280,044,655$286,818,242$292,394,480
Long-term investments$135,047,799$123,682,515$98,206,237$93,627,847$86,756,595
Fixed assets$347,388,555$337,256,741$339,065,700$341,437,932$327,122,851
Other long-term assets$2,069,170$1,494,960$0$0$1,035,000
Total long-term assets$484,505,524$462,434,216$437,271,937$435,065,779$414,914,446
Total assets$871,369,127$801,305,714$717,316,592$721,884,021$707,308,926
Payables and accrued expenses$11,657,839$14,413,378$9,095,929$9,300,982$10,921,681
Other current liabilities$10,661,352$10,256,587$9,958,273$10,798,244$11,672,552
Total current liabilities$22,319,191$24,669,965$19,054,202$20,099,226$22,594,233
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$156,958,080$158,293,742$210,186,317$135,450,150$143,127,058
Total long-term liabilities$347,985,151$381,264,015$441,815,852$412,536,043$366,661,337
Total liabilities$370,304,342$405,933,980$460,870,054$432,635,269$389,255,570
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$113,541,627$90,677,487$4,533,157$33,216,539$68,182,299
With donor restrictions$387,523,158$304,694,247$251,913,381$256,032,213$249,871,057
Net assets$501,064,785$395,371,734$256,446,538$289,248,752$318,053,356
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$123,203,931$35,333,858$15,644,997$16,739,469$19,457,425
Program service revenue$226,772,203$217,251,460$206,657,241$207,319,316$195,127,033
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,123,131$28,029,269$11,254,348$14,108,736$16,877,158
Other revenue($397,018)($289,295)($538,461)($30,315)($933,194)
Total other revenue$243,498,316$244,991,434$217,373,128$221,397,737$211,070,997
Total revenue$366,702,247$280,325,292$233,018,125$238,137,206$230,528,422
Program services$226,091,188$210,096,151$211,797,956$211,130,340$203,449,275
Management and general$27,555,065$26,917,076$25,264,205$25,447,258$22,407,130
Total expenses$257,124,034$240,167,389$240,422,444$240,241,509$229,447,493
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$109,578,213$40,157,903($7,404,319)($2,104,303)$1,080,929
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$109,578,213$40,157,903($7,404,319)($2,104,303)$1,080,929


Theron Andrew WestmorelandExecutive Director, Mann Center (Former President effective 6/30/21)$498,871
James Michael HardinProvost and Vice President, Academic Affairs$342,851
Michael A CrouchAssociate Provost, College of Health Sciences & Dean, McWhorter School of Pharmacy$337,303
Harry B Brock IIIExecutive Vice President & VP for Business and Financial Affairs$333,648
Charles Martin Newton JrDirector of Athletics$330,991
Christopher M HatcherHead Coach, Football$321,864
Henry C StricklandDean, Cumberland School of Law$316,337
William R PittmanVice President for University Advancement$315,428
Beck A TaylorPresident, effective 7/1/2021$302,890
James H FinchProfessor$295,860
Roger Philip KimreyVice President for Student Affairs$292,610
Elizabeth B HollowayVice President for Marketing and Communication$283,193
Dr Charles T CarterTrustee$22,200

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Chartered as Howard College in 1841, Samford University has become one of the region's top universities and is now home to more than 5,000 students. The school survived two fires, the Civil War, a century of financial turmoil and two relocations to become one of the premier nationally ranked Christian universities. From its meager beginnings in Marion, Alabama, with only 31 students, Samford is now home to approximately 5,700 students on a beautiful Georgian-Colonial style campus in Homewood, Alabama.

Program accomplishments

Samford is the top-ranked university in Alabama in national rankings published by The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford first in the nation for student engagement and tenth in the nation for career preparation. 97% Undergraduate Alumni Working or in Further Study Within Six Months