University of Mobile Names Dr. David Harkins Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Department of Natural Sciences

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MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. David Harkins has been named assistant professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Mobile.

The son of missionaries, Harkins attended Wofford College after high school in South Korea. He earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and mathematics, and later a Doctor of Philosophy in analytical chemistry from University of Tennessee. He worked for several years in the private sector at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, researching and developing in uranium enrichment operations. He later served 17 years as an executive and mission pastor in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Later, Harkins and his wife, Cheri, taught at international schools overseas for three years. When that term ended, he taught chemistry at Lee University in Cleveland, TN for a year, filling in for a professor on leave.

Internationally and domestically, Harkins said he feels a distinct call to invest in university students.

“Dr. Harkins brings a strong academic and private sector background as well as a heart for mentoring students,” said Dr. Lonnie Burnette, executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “He will play a major role as the College of Arts and Sciences expands our STEM programs.”

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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.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.