University of Mobile Names Dr. Kathy Sheppard as Dean of School of Nursing

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile has appointed Dr. Kathy Sheppard as dean of the School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.

Sheppard served as interim dean for the past year as the university added new healthcare degree programs and opened the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice. She is a 30-year veteran on the faculty at the Christian university.

“Dr. Sheppard has worked tirelessly as interim dean during a period of significant expansion as University of Mobile adds new healthcare degree programs and opens learning centers with cutting-edge technology. She brings passionate and caring leadership to her role as dean of the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Chris McCaghren, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Under Sheppard’s leadership, the School of Nursing opened the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice with state-of-the-art simulators that provide healthcare students with realistic learning experiences.

University of Mobile’s new Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program enrolled its first class in fall of 2017. In January 2018, classes start in the new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN). Additional degree programs are being added to enable the university to graduate more healthcare professionals capable of   meeting workforce needs throughout the region.

The university’s rapid expansion in degree programs in healthcare fields started in 2016 with the selection of Dr. Timothy L. Smith as the institution’s fourth president. Smith has extensive experience in Christian higher education and the field of healthcare education, and oversaw a 79 percent expansion in enrollment as dean of the School of Nursing at Union University in Tennessee.

Sheppard holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in marriage and family counseling from University of Mobile, a Master of Science in Nursing in administration from University of South Alabama, and a Ph.D. in nursing from The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Before entering the field of higher education, she served in a variety of healthcare settings as a director of nursing, charge nurse and staff nurse.

Sheppard is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National League for Nurses, Alpha Theta Chi and is a former ACEN site visitor.


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 media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, 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 the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.

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