Alabama Baptist President, UM Alumnus Tim Cox Awarded Honorary Doctorate

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Dr. Tim Cox & Dr. Lonnie Burnett

MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama Baptist State Convention president and University of Mobile graduate Tim Cox was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in service to Alabama Baptists.

University of Mobile interim president Lonnie Burnett made the presentation Nov. 12 at the convention’s annual meeting in Daphne, Alabama.

“Dr. Cox has a heart for ministry and a gift for leadership that is making an impact in Alabama and beyond. His life’s purpose – to share the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ – truly exemplifies the University of Mobile motto of ‘Higher Education for a Higher Purpose,’” Burnett said.

Cox has served on the Baptist university’s Board of Regents and currently is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in religion from the University of Mobile, having graduated in 1988. He holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological seminary.

A native of Alabama, Cox grew up in Bay Minette. He has served in ministry in Alabama since 1986. He has served as senior pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Chelsea, Alabama, since August of 1998.

 About the University of Mobile

The 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, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the 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 the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.