University of Mobile Dedicates Ledbetter Trail

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MOBILE, Ala. – It is a University of Mobile tradition that each graduating class contributes toward a class gift that leaves a legacy and enhances the campus. The Class of 2018’s contribution established Ledbetter Trail, a nearly mile-long walking trail on the 880-acre campus.

The trail is named in honor of Dr. Neal Ledbetter, former vice president for student life, in appreciation for his service to students through the Office for Student Life. Ledbetter served at UM from 2001 – 2018 and is now teaching, missions and discipleship pastor at the Fairhope campus of Mars Hill Church. A dedication ceremony was held during Homecoming Weekend on Nov. 17.

The .86-mile trail begins and ends at Harrigan Hall, home of the School of Business. It covers a diverse area and includes a swamp trail and access to Chickasabogue Creek. The trail is open from dawn to dusk.

For information about alumni and class gifts, contact the University of Mobile Alumni Office at 251.442.2226.

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.eduor 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.