University of Mobile President Installs President’s Cabinet

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University of Mobile President Installs President’s Cabinet

UM President Timothy Smith’s new cabinet members were formally installed at faculty and staff convocation Aug. 16

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile President Timothy Smith formally installed members of his cabinet during a convocation for faculty and staff held Aug. 16 to kick off the new school year.

UM Board of Trustees Chairman Fred Wilson congratulated the new President’s Cabinet members. They are: Chris McCaghren, vice president for academic affairs; Kevin Wilburn, vice president for advancement and assistant to the president for church relations; Neal Ledbetter, vice president for student life; Kim Leousis, vice president for enrollment services; and Lesa Moore, vice president for marketing and public relations.

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Fred Wilson, Chairman of the Board with Chris McCaghren, Vice President for Academic Affairs(Mike Kittrell)

Chris McCaghren holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and classics from Samford University, a Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School and a Doctor of Education in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. McCaghren has served as vice president of academic affairs at UM since July 2016. He began his career in higher education at Samford University where he worked in advancement. Prior to Samford, he served as special assistant to Congressman Spencer Bachus in Washington, D.C. He returned to Samford University where he served under Dr. Andrew Westmoreland as assistant to the president for external programs and division head for the division of professional and continuing studies. Before assuming the role of vice president for academic affairs at UM, McCaghren served as dean of the college of education at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. He is married to Lauren McCaghren and they have a 15-month-old daughter, Callen. McCaghren and his family are members of Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, while they are transitioning to a new church in Mobile.

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Kevin Wilburn was installed as vice president for advancement and assistant to the president for church relations. A native of Tennessee, Wilburn holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Mobile, Master of Arts in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently in the doctoral program for ministry leadership at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the recipient of the Troy L. Morrison Award for leadership. Wilburn has served as vice president for advancement at UM since May 2016. Wilburn has also served on UM’s Board of Trustees and Board of Regents. Wilburn is an ordained minister and has served as senior pastor at three churches. He is active in the Alabama Baptist State Convention and preaches regularly in churches throughout Alabama. Wilburn is also actively engaged in the business community throughout Alabama and Tennessee. He is married to Amanda Wilburn and they have one son, Levi. Wilburn and his family are members of Spring Hill Baptist Church.

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Neal Ledbetter was installed as vice president for student life. A native of Alabama, Ledbetter holds a Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies from Auburn University and a Master of Divinity in missions, evangelism and church growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently completing a Master of Theology in practical theology and a doctorate in higher education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ledbetter previously served as UM dean of students and has served in various roles at the university for the past 14 years. Prior to serving at UM, Ledbetter was student pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in Auburn, where he was ordained. Ledbetter is married to Taylor Lee and they are members of The People of Mars Hill in Fairhope.

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Kim Leousis was installed as vice president for enrollment services. A native of Alabama, Leousis holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a Master of Business Administration, both from UM. As an undergraduate student at UM, Leousis received the Outstanding Student Leader Award. She also attended the University of Alabama for post-graduate studies in administration and educational leadership. She has worked in higher education for more than 25 years and served as a senior administrator at UM for 18 years. Prior to her service at UM, Leousis worked in governmental relations at the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and as a part-time business instructor. She volunteers as a peer evaluator with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has participated in numerous reaffirmation and substantive change committees. Leousis received the Harris Perry Award for her volunteer service with the Mobile Public Library and the Semmes Library committee. She is married to Mark Leousis and they have two children, Nikki and Collin. Leousis and her family are members of Semmes First Baptist Church.

University of Mobile holds its Fall 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, August 16, in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell)

Fred Wilson, Chairman of the Board with Lesa Moore, Vice President for Marketing & Public Relations (Mike Kittrell)

Lesa Moore was installed in the president’s cabinet as vice president for marketing and public relations. A native of Alabama, Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from UM, where she was presented the Dr. William K. Weaver Jr. Honorary Fellows Award and Best Composition Paper Award in 2007. Moore previously served as executive director of marketing and public relations at UM, where she is an adjunct instructor in marketing. She has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and public relations in the high-tech industry, retail advertising and higher education. She has developed and led award-winning teams whose advertising, public relations and design work has been recognized locally and nationally by the Bay Area Advertising Federation, Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Higher Education Advertising Awards. Prior to joining UM in 2002, Moore was director of marketing communication at Xanté Corporation, an international high-tech printer manufacturer. Moore is married to Jay and they have two children, Logan and Olivia. Moore and her family are members of Cottage Hill Baptist Church.

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. 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.

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Trey oversees all facets of the university’s creative process, including photo, video, design, print and digital media. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM and his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. Prior to his current role, Trey worked in enrollment services and student life. Additionally, Trey co-owns a photography business with his wife, Michelle, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. He lives on Alabama’s eastern shore with Michelle, son, Jack and dogs Cammie & Malone.