University of Mobile Provost Chris McCaghren Recognized for Leadership

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile Provost Chris McCaghren was recognized for leadership, professional excellence and a commitment to the community in Mobile Bay Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a program that annually recognizes 40 outstanding leaders under 40 years of age.

McCaghren was named to the Class of 2017 that also included leaders in business, the arts, medicine, law, community involvement and more. The program is in its ninth year of recognizing outstanding leaders in the Mobile area.

“Chris works toward growing the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education,” according to his profile in the magazine. “Since taking office at University of Mobile, he’s increased the number of degrees offered by the school and worked with the president to improve the financial standing of the institution as well as connect meaningfully with the wider Mobile community.”

McCaghren also serves as vice president for academic affairs. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Association for Study of Higher Education, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and the Online Learning Consortium.

Asked his favorite thing about his job, McCaghren said, “The people. I also like working to transform students’ hearts and minds, and helping to shape the future of higher education.”

McCaghren holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and classics from Samford University, a Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School, and a Doctor of Education in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.


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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