MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile is adding a fall semester graduation, with ceremonies scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Dr. Timothy L. Smith, university president, will deliver the commencement address.
Sixty-six students are expected to receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies at Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala.
University of Mobile has held fall semester graduation only three years previously: in 1996, 1997 and 1998. All other years, students who completed their requirements for graduation at the end of fall semester would participate in graduation ceremonies held the following May.
The addition of a fall graduation isn’t the only change to graduation since Dr. Smith was named president of the Christian university earlier this year. In May 2017, the graduation ceremony will be held on campus for the first time in 41 years. A “Great Commission Globe” fountain sculpture and landscaping project is underway now in preparation for the spring graduation ceremony, which will also be the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class.
In the short time he has served as president, the university has had a successful rebranding, started construction on the Great Commission Globe, and been named an All-Steinway School.
Dr. Smith became the fourth president of University of Mobile on April 11, 2016, by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. He has extensive experience in Christian higher education, healthcare education and the field of nurse anesthesia. He holds two Ph.D.s and two master’s degrees, is licensed by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and is ordained as a Southern Baptist minister.
He 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 started as associate professor and dean of the School of Nursing, rising to professor and then executive director of the Center for Excellence in Health Care Practice.
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 holds a Ph.D. in leadership and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; 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.
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.