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


Organization details

EIN: 630312914

CEO/President: Andrew Westmoreland

Chairman: Timothy Vines

Board size: 44


Year founded: 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 rating426 of 81767 of 100
Fund acquisition rating450 of 81757 of 100
Resource allocation rating263 of 81729 of 100
Asset utilization rating545 of 81779 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$24,938,805$25,325,520$28,273,543$26,075,073$34,965,100
Short-term investments$228,785,883$228,256,289$221,855,866$202,241,452$209,195,048
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$286,818,242$292,394,480$292,254,102$263,661,335$286,080,770
Long-term investments$93,627,847$86,756,595$82,819,499$81,284,631$81,668,791
Fixed assets$341,437,932$327,122,851$317,245,330$279,930,519$265,921,786
Other long-term assets$0$1,035,000$2,977,500$4,290,000$0
Total long-term assets$435,065,779$414,914,446$403,042,329$365,505,150$347,590,577
Total assets$721,884,021$707,308,926$695,296,431$629,166,485$633,671,347
Payables and accrued expenses$9,300,982$10,921,681$8,318,135$117,560,563$82,705,561
Other current liabilities$10,798,244$11,672,552$8,347,501$7,148,822$7,085,175
Total current liabilities$20,099,226$22,594,233$16,665,636$124,709,385$89,790,736
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$135,450,150$143,127,058$145,298,306$48,999,029$49,014,644
Total long-term liabilities$412,536,043$366,661,337$367,827,575$222,032,750$219,041,558
Total liabilities$432,635,269$389,255,570$384,493,211$346,742,135$308,832,294
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$95,229,201$92,328,516$87,454,210$81,182,532$82,219,131
Permanently restricted$160,803,012$157,542,541$150,891,982$147,570,130$144,137,064
Net assets$289,248,752$318,053,356$310,803,220$282,424,350$324,839,053
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,739,469$19,457,425$19,332,893$16,538,924$17,183,376
Program service revenue$207,319,316$195,127,033$190,232,684$177,759,734$163,516,514
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$14,108,736$16,877,158$23,724,631$6,579,227$8,394,260
Other revenue($30,315)($933,194)($1,263,419)($866,227)$1,193,358
Total other revenue$221,397,737$211,070,997$212,693,896$183,472,734$173,104,132
Total revenue$238,137,206$230,528,422$232,026,789$200,011,658$190,287,508
Program services$211,130,340$203,449,275$184,117,758$169,002,361$157,694,030
Management and general$25,447,258$22,407,130$36,484,410$66,477,858$44,337,004
Total expenses$240,241,509$229,447,493$224,077,016$239,330,936$207,982,589
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($2,104,303)$1,080,929$7,949,773($39,319,278)($17,695,081)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,104,303)$1,080,929$7,949,773($39,319,278)($17,695,081)


Theron Andrew WestmorelandPresident$538,124
Henry C StricklandDean, Cumberland School of Law$386,826
Harry B Brock IIIExecutive Vice President & VP for Business and Financial Affairs$355,740
Nena F SandersVice Provost, College of Health Sciences$348,246
John CarrollFaculty - Former Key Employee as Dean of Cumberland School of Law$348,211
William R PittmanVice President for University Advancement$336,716
Roger Philip KimreyVice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment$328,717
Elizabeth B HollowayVice President for Marketing and Communication$328,670
Patrick J SullivanAssistant to President$317,035
Charles Martin Newton JrDirector of Athletics$311,770
James Michael HardinProvost and Vice President$308,224
Michael A CrouchDean, McWhorter School of Pharmacy$283,247
William Clark WatsonGeneral Counsel$265,667
Christopher M HatcherHead Coach, Football$257,854
Dr Charles T CarterTrustee$43,421

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/31/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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.