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: William J. Stevens

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 rating599 of 107682 of 130
Fund acquisition rating682 of 107787 of 130
Resource allocation rating288 of 107726 of 130
Asset utilization rating753 of 107697 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$25,246,083$24,938,805$25,325,520$28,273,543$26,075,073
Short-term investments$208,507,733$228,785,883$228,256,289$221,855,866$202,241,452
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$280,044,655$286,818,242$292,394,480$292,254,102$263,661,335
Long-term investments$98,206,237$93,627,847$86,756,595$82,819,499$81,284,631
Fixed assets$339,065,700$341,437,932$327,122,851$317,245,330$279,930,519
Other long-term assets$0$0$1,035,000$2,977,500$4,290,000
Total long-term assets$437,271,937$435,065,779$414,914,446$403,042,329$365,505,150
Total assets$717,316,592$721,884,021$707,308,926$695,296,431$629,166,485
Payables and accrued expenses$9,095,929$9,300,982$10,921,681$8,318,135$117,560,563
Other current liabilities$9,958,273$10,798,244$11,672,552$8,347,501$7,148,822
Total current liabilities$19,054,202$20,099,226$22,594,233$16,665,636$124,709,385
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$210,186,317$135,450,150$143,127,058$145,298,306$48,999,029
Total long-term liabilities$441,815,852$412,536,043$366,661,337$367,827,575$222,032,750
Total liabilities$460,870,054$432,635,269$389,255,570$384,493,211$346,742,135
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,533,157$33,216,539$68,182,299$72,457,028$53,671,688
With donor restrictions$251,913,381$256,032,213$249,871,057$238,346,192$228,752,662
Net assets$256,446,538$289,248,752$318,053,356$310,803,220$282,424,350
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,644,997$16,739,469$19,457,425$19,332,893$16,538,924
Program service revenue$206,657,241$207,319,316$195,127,033$190,232,684$177,759,734
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$11,254,348$14,108,736$16,877,158$23,724,631$6,579,227
Other revenue($538,461)($30,315)($933,194)($1,263,419)($866,227)
Total other revenue$217,373,128$221,397,737$211,070,997$212,693,896$183,472,734
Total revenue$233,018,125$238,137,206$230,528,422$232,026,789$200,011,658
Program services$211,797,956$211,130,340$203,449,275$184,117,758$169,002,361
Management and general$25,264,205$25,447,258$22,407,130$36,484,410$66,477,858
Total expenses$240,422,444$240,241,509$229,447,493$224,077,016$239,330,936
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($7,404,319)($2,104,303)$1,080,929$7,949,773($39,319,278)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($7,404,319)($2,104,303)$1,080,929$7,949,773($39,319,278)


Theron Andrew WestmorelandPresident$542,242
John CarrollFaculty - Former Key Employee as Dean of Cumberland School of Law$380,817
Harry B Brock IIIExecutive Vice President & VP for Business and Financial Affairs$361,516
William R PittmanVice President for University Advancement$330,844
Elizabeth B HollowayVice President for Marketing and Communication$328,779
Nena F SandersVice Provost, College of Health Sciences$327,369
Henry C StricklandDean, Cumberland School of Law$316,895
James Michael HardinProvost and Vice President$314,176
Charles Martin Newton JrDirector of Athletics$304,446
Michael A CrouchDean, McWhorter School of Pharmacy$290,445
Roger Philip KimreyVice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment$282,830
Christopher M HatcherHead Coach, Football$273,887
William Clark WatsonGeneral Counsel$272,586
Patrick J SullivanAssistant to President (deceased December 2019)$182,025
Dr Charles T CarterTrustee$12,810

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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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 third in the nation for student engagement. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 40th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 100th for best value. Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among U.S. private universities for value and affordability. The student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.