Marilyn Foley to Chair University of Mobile Torch Society, Meeting Set for Oct. 29

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Marilyn Foley

MOBILE, Ala. – Marilyn Foley, a former First Lady of the University of Mobile, will serve as chairperson for the Torch Society, a volunteer service organization that supports the university and provides scholarships for UM students.

“The Torch Society has made a significant, impressive contribution to the University of Mobile and its students. It offers a wonderful opportunity for the churches and community of Mobile to enjoy and impact our students, as well as participate in other special campus activities,” Foley said.

“It is my hope that we can expand awareness of the university and of the Torch Society through the increase of our participation,” she added.

The first meeting of the 2019-2020 academic year will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. at Weaver Auditorium on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy., Mobile, Alabama 36613. This will be a planning meeting for the upcoming year, and refreshments will be served. In addition, members will discuss the organization’s first fundraising project of the year, the annual poinsettia sale.

Please RSVP by Oct. 22 at or call Torch Society President Vicki Burgin at 251.442.2238. To order poinsettias or for membership information, visit

Marilyn Foley served as First Lady of the University of Mobile from 1998 to 2016 while her husband, Dr. Mark Foley, served as president.

“Mrs. Foley brings a wealth of knowledge and deep relationships in the community. We are grateful for her leadership and excited about the year ahead,” said Dr. Bruce Earnest, vice president for advancement.

The Torch Society, and the Junior Torch Society for members ages 22 to 35, offers inspirational programs and volunteer opportunities to guests and members who include University of Mobile friends, alumni, parents and employees. Membership is open to individuals interesting in the society’s vision of “Lighting the Way through Scholarships.”


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.