Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson is the keynote speaker for University of Mobile’s 49th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. at the Mobile Civic Center.
Stimpson will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, and 285 candidates for graduation will receive master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees from the Christian university.
The William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award and the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award will be presented to the outstanding male and female students selected by vote of the university faculty.
Stimpson is a 1970 graduate of University Military School, now known as UMS-Wright Preparatory School, and a 1975 graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Upon graduation, he returned to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to pursue family, career and community service in what would become a 37-year-plus commitment to Gulf Lumber Co. and its successor, Scotch & Gulf Lumber. He worked his way up through virtually every job in the family business to become the chief financial officer prior to leaving the company to run for office in 2012.
His business and civic endeavors are numerous and varied. He has served extensively on the boards of UMS-Wright and Prichard Preparatory School, and has been a member of the boards of the Alabama Alliance of Business and Industry, Boys and Girls Club, and Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where he served as chair in 2009. He continues to be active with the Alabama Business Hall of Fame Nominating Committee; the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet; the Business Council of Alabama, where he served as chair in 2010; and Coastal Alabama Leadership Council, where he currently serves as co-chair.
Stimpson previously served as finance chairman of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, as state finance chairman of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, and as the state finance chairman for the senatorial campaigns of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions in the 2002 and 2008 elections.
His commitment to conservation and wildlife include prior service on the boards of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Governor’s Conservation Advisory Board, the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust, and Partners for Environmental Progress. He also served on the executive committee of the Governor’s Coastal Recovery Commission.
Sandy and Jean Stimpson have been married since 1975 and have four grown, married children and nine grandchildren. He is also a volunteer with Outback Ministries and an active member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church.
For more information on the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu, or call Enrollment Services at 251-442-2222, or toll free at 1-800-WIN-RAMS.