University of Mobile Announces Promotions

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile announced several promotions in the areas of enrollment, business development, academic affairs and advancement.


Following a nationwide search, Charity Wittner was promoted to vice president for enrollment services. Previously, she served as interim vice president for enrollment services. She has experience at all levels of admissions, financial aid and management during her 11-year career at UM. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from UM.





Dr. Kevin Wilburn was named to the new post of vice president for business development, where he will manage business processes and develop business partnerships. Wilburn also continues as assistant to the president for church relations. Previously, Wilburn served as vice president for advancement. Prior to joining the administration in 2016, he served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees and Board of Regents and is a graduate of UM with a Bachelor of Science in communication, and a Master of Arts in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Wilburn is an ordained pastor with extensive experience in church leadership throughout Alabama.




Tonya Gollotte was promoted to associate vice president for the Office for Advancement. Previously, she served as executive director of corporate and foundational relations and director of annual giving. Prior to joining UM six years ago, Gollotte held various roles in fundraising in the Mobile community for more than 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of South Alabama.





Effective July 1, Dr. Lonnie Burnett will serve as associate vice president for academic affairs. He will oversee the Registrar’s Office, library services and the university post office, and will continue to lead the College of Arts and Sciences as dean. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Mobile, a Master of Arts from University of South Alabama, and a Ph.D. from University of Southern Mississippi. He returned to UM in 2005 as a faculty member.




About University of Mobile:

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 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.

For more information about 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.

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