University of Mobile Starts Fall Semester 2017 with New Academic Programs

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If there is one word that describes what is happening at University of Mobile, it is “new.” Throw in a few more words like “innovative”and “academic,” plus creative ideas like “Focus Friday” and “Concierge Model.” Add a Great Commission mindset, create academic programs, raise academic standards, build cutting-edge healthcare labs, and seek out opportunities for collaboration and partnership in the community and across the state.

As UM’s new president said when he arrived at the Baptist university just a little over one year ago, it’s “A New Day, A New Journey” at University of Mobile.

“Our responsibility as a higher education institution, and especially with our mission of imago Dei that we be the servants of Christ, is to stay at the forefront of marketplace needs so that graduates can go out and serve the community. Because of our nimbleness and innovative mindset, we have the ability to develop programs efficiently,”said Dr. Timothy L. Smith, Ph.D., Ph.D., CRNA, APRN.

It’s not too late to enroll for fall semester classes that begins Aug. 21. For information about the university and to apply for admission, go online to or call the Office for Admissions at 251.442.2222.

As the 2017-2018 academic year begins, students are looking forward to the addition of a disc golf course on campus, plus more opportunities for activities, academic experiences and service on Focus Fridays.

The university is expanding opportunities for post-traditional adult students, with programs offered in flexible formats online, on-campus and blended. More graduate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs in youth ministry and college readiness are available.



The university is growing rapidly. Since last fall, UM has:

· Rebranded, using the phrases “Higher Education for a Higher Purpose” and “Know and Be Known” to communicate the university’s mission
· Opened the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice with state-of-the-art simulators
· Expanded graduate programs with Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner, Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Master of Music in Performance – Piano, Master of Music in Performance – Voice
· Required weekly chapel attendance
· Launched “Focus Fridays,” an innovative four-day academic week
· Created the Office for Global Engagement to expand study, service and research abroad programs
· Initiated a “Concierge Model” to enhance the university emphasis on personal attention to students
· Restructured to expand academic programs,creating the Alabama School of the Arts with Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts; the College of Health Professions umbrella for the School of Nursing, new School of Health and Sports Science, and new School of Allied Health; and the Alabama College for Online Studies with expanded degree programs for adult students
· Became an internationally recognized All-Steinway School
· Dedicated the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Tradition Lawn with a Great Commission Globe fountain as a central point for campus and new freshman and graduation traditions
· Returned graduation ceremonies to campus for the first time in 41 years
· Added a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with more academic programs planned.

Learn more about University of Mobile at or call the Office for Admissions at 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.

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