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University of Mobile Names Bruce Earnest as Vice President for Advancement

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MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile announces the promotion of Dr. Bruce Earnest to vice president for advancement, where he will lead fundraising initiatives for the Christ-centered university.

“As a former professor and university administrator who sees first-hand the impact that Christian higher education has in the lives of students, Bruce is an exceptional ambassador for the university,” said UM President Lonnie Burnett. “He has vision and energy, and is committed to developing the relationships and resources needed to expand opportunities for students.”

Earnest has a long history of fundraising and advancement experience, in addition to an extensive background in the arts. Currently, he serves as president of Mobile Opera and is the co-founder and executive director of the Ever Blue Performing Arts Festival in Fairhope, Alabama. He is founder of the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, where he continues to teach music and theatre each summer.

Earnest joined the university of Mobile in 2009 as associate professor of theatre and chair of the musical theatre department. He has served in various capacities, most recently as assistant vice president of academic affairs.

“I have a great love for the University of Mobile and a desire to invite people into what God is doing here,” Earnest said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Burnett and the Board of Trustees for the prayerful and practical advancement of lasting relationships and resources for years to come.”

Earnest holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music in performance from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in music administration from Westfield State University. He has received postdoctoral training in planned giving and major gift cultivation at New York University and Humboldt State University.

Previously, he was associate professor of musical theatre at the University of South Dakota; associate professor of voice at Folkwang Universitat, Essen, Germany; guest professor of voice at the Hochschule fur Music und Theater in Munich, Germany; and assistant professor, founder and coordinator of musical theatre at the University of Central Florida.

Earnest serves as worship pastor for Government Street Baptist Church in Mobile. He and his wife, Darla, are the parents of Lukas and Rosalie.

For more information about the Office for Advancement at the University of Mobile, contact Earnest at 251.442.2587 or email bearnest@umobile.edu.


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. 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 degrees in 77 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the 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 the 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.