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University of Mobile Vice Provost & Dean Lonnie Burnett honored for service to local school board

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MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Lonnie Burnett, vice provost and dean of University of Mobile’s College of Arts and Sciences, was honored by the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) for his work as a member of Saraland City School Board. AASB honored the 2017 All-State School Board during its annual convention Dec. 8.

AASB began its All-State School Board Member Recognition Program in 1992 to recognize up to five of Alabama’s most outstanding past or present school board members.

“It is a privilege to congratulate this year’s honorees and to recognize them for their commitment to excellent school board leadership on behalf of Alabama’s schoolchildren,” said AASB president Pam Doyle. “AASB is proud to bestow upon these five individuals our highest honor for school board members.”

Dr. Lonnie Burnett has been a member of the Saraland Board of Education since 2010 and has reached the master level in AASB’s School Board Member Academy. His nominators describe him as hard-working with a “servant’s heart to benefit others.” Burnett helped to implement an agreement between University of Mobile and Saraland and Satsuma city school systems to allow high school students access to dual enrollment opportunities.

“Our goal is to encourage high school students to set their sights on a college degree and get a head start on their college careers,” Burnett said at the time.

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"She cared enough to talk to me individually… That's always inspired me to try to reach students one-on-one and recognize when they struggle, when they need encouragement." – Dr. Lonnie Burnett, dean and vice provost for College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of history #UMFacultySpotlight #BeKnown

Posted by University of Mobile on Thursday, October 19, 2017


Burnett was also instrumental in the passage of a $7.5 million ad valorem tax that benefitted all students in Saraland City Schools. “Much of the success recently experienced by the Saraland City School System can be directly attributed to boardmanship consistently demonstrated by Dr. Burnett,” said Dr. Aaron Milner, superintendent of Saraland City Schools.

“In Saraland, our school board members serve as volunteers with no monetary compensation for their work,” said Dr. Howard Rubenstein, mayor of Saraland. “Dr. Burnett has a genuine love of children, and every decision he has made as a board members has been guided with sincere desire to put our children first.”




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 www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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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.

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