MOBILE, Ala. – Timothy L. Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D., will be inaugurated as the fourth president of University of Mobile on Friday, March 24, 2017. The ceremony will take place at Cottage Hill Baptist Church beginning at 9 a.m., with a reception following.
The formal ceremony is the highlight of four days of festivities celebrating the inauguration of Smith, who was named president on April 11, 2016. Since then, the university has rebranded with the mission of “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose” and adopted four core values that drive its growth and development: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted, Distinctively-Driven. The university is adding new academic programs and expanding current ones, and has opened the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice with state-of-the-art simulation labs and augmented reality technology.
Inaugural Celebration events include a prayer and worship service that is open to the public on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Ram Hall on the university campus. Other events include a faculty and staff picnic on March 22; dinner under the stars for dignitaries on March 23, and an inaugural gala March 24.
The inauguration will begin with a formal procession of delegates, dignitaries, faculty and trustees. University presidents in the procession will include Dr. Andy Westmoreland of Samford University, Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver of Union University, Dr. David Potts of Judson College, and Dr. Tony Waldrop of University of South Alabama.
Dr. Michael Wilder of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will deliver the inaugural address. Wilder is associate vice president for doctoral studies and the J.M. Frost Associate Professor of Leadership and Discipleship, and also serves as senior pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
The event will include a welcome from UM Board of Trustees Chair Deborah Nelson and remarks from Congressman Bradley Byrne, U.S. House of Representatives; Dr. Frank Page, president and CEO of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson; Saraland Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein; Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner; Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Associate Executive Director Dr. Bobby Dubois; and UM Faculty Council President Dr. Patrick Jacobs.
Chain of Office and Mace
The new University of Mobile chain of office and ceremonial mace will be unveiled and used for the first time at the ceremony. The chain of office is worn by the university president on special occasions and features the university’s new seal, while links of the chain include the names of former presidents.
The mace incorporates symbols of the university, including the new official University of Mobile seal, torch, ram mascot, the words Imago Dei, Weaver Hall and 1961 date of founding, and the Christian cross overlaying an outline of the State of Alabama to represent the strong relationship between the university and Alabama Baptists. Scripture below the torch is Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
About Timothy L. Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Smith holds a PhD. in nursing (anesthesia) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Graduate College; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing; a diploma in nurse anesthesia from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Memphis State University, and a diploma in nursing from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. He also holds a Ph.D. in in leadership and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His dissertation for the Ph.D. in leadership was “A Study of Factors that Predict the Success of Christ-Centered Higher Educational Institutions: A Mixed Method Study.” His Ph.D. in nursing dissertation was on “The Evaluation of Auditory Evoked Potentials and Psychological Priming Techniques as Indicators of Implicit Memory Formation During General Anesthesia” with an emphasis in anesthesia with foci in neuroanatomy and physiology. His thesis for the M.S.N. was on “Effect of Propofol and Desflurane on Recall During Anesthesia.”
Dr. Smith has held a variety of academic positions, from assistant professor to provost. At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing, from 1997-2004, he rose from assistant professor to associate professor and director of the nurse anesthesia program. At Union University from 2005-2014 he was associate professor, then professor and dean of the School of Nursing, where he oversaw a 79 percent expansion in enrollment and founded the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice that included a nurse residency program for five hospitals.
He joined Anderson University in 2014 as vice president of strategic initiatives and special associate to the provost, becoming provost in 2015. Since 2014 he has served as adjunct professor in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is the author of numerous scholarly articles as well as book reviews and research abstracts.
Dr. Smith has been licensed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) since 1992. He is licensed by the South Carolina Board of Nursing as a registered nurse (RN) and an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) since 2014. Previously, he was licensed by the Tennessee Board of Nursing as an APRN and RN.
He worked as a cardiovascular intensive care registered nurse in Memphis, Tennessee, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Central and Methodist Hospitals Central. Later, he was a CRNA, RN and physician assistant with Medical Anesthesia Group and Cardiovascular Center, both in Memphis. He also served as a CRNA with Anesthesiologist Associates and also Anesthesia Consultants, both in Chattanooga.
Dr. Smith and his wife, Penney, a healthcare administrator consultant, have two adult children and a son-in-law: daughter Ashley Wainscott and her husband, Alex; and son Blake Smith.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.
For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.