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University of Mobile Board to Begin Presidential Search, Announces Interim President

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MOBILE, Ala. –The University of Mobile Board of Trustees today announced plans for interim leadership of the university and will start a nationwide search for a new president.

Current Board of Trustees Chairman Fred Wilson was named interim president. David Conner will assume the role of chairman of the Board of Trustees. President Emeritus Dr. Mark Foley will serve as a consultant while the search begins for the university’s fifth president.

The board made the announcement following its regularly scheduled meeting Friday, March 1. This change in leadership is the result of the Feb. 25 resignation of the fourth president, Dr. Tim Smith, who cited personal reasons.

“The Board of Trustees is committed to building on the university’s forward momentum. Immediately having leadership in place who are already knowledgeable about the university will enable University of Mobile to continue its mission without missing a beat,” Wilson said.

Wilson, who has served on the Board of Trustees for over 12 years and was beginning his third term as chairman, immediately begins his role as interim president.

Wilson previously served as a partner in P.J. Lumber Co. of Mobile, where he handled international sales and export marketing. He retired in 2017. Conner is an attorney with Blackburn & Conner P.C., headquartered in Bay Minette, Alabama.

 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, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 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 www.umobile.edu 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.