OUR LEADERSHIP

DR. LONNIE BURNETT
President
lburnett@umobile.edu

On November 22, 2019, University of Mobile alumnus Lonnie Burnett, PhD, was named the institution’s fifth president by the Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as professor of history and executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and has held a variety of administrative positions, including assistant vice president of academic affairs for planning and evaluation. Dr. Burnett has served as a member of the Saraland City School Board since 2010 and was one of five school board members statewide to be named to the 2017 All-State School Board by the Alabama Association of School Boards. Dr. Burnett has compiled an impressive scholarly research record. He has published two books with the University of Alabama Press, “Henry Hotze: Confederate Propagandist,” and “The Pen Makes a Good Sword: John Forsyth of the Mobile Register.” He has served in leadership positions or has been a member of professional organizations including the Alabama Historical Association, Society of Civil War Historians, and Southern Historical Association. He serves as managing editor for The Alabama Review, a quarterly journal of Alabama history published by the Alabama Historical Association in cooperation with the University of Mobile.

He graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Mobile, then Mobile College. He earned a Master of Arts from University of South Alabama and Doctor of Philosophy from University of Southern Mississippi. He taught regular and honors U.S. history at the high school and middle school levels in the Mobile County Public School System from 1980 to 2004, serving as chairman of the history departments at Semmes Middle and Satsuma High schools. He taught several years as an adjunct history instructor at UM, retired from the public school system, and focused on his second career as a college professor and author. He served as visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002, where he earned a Ph.D. Dr. Burnett joind the University of Mobile in 2005, eventually becoming chair of the UM Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a full professor. He gained tenure in 2012. He has written numerous articles, book chapters and reviews, and received the university’s Mitford Ray Megginson Research Award in 2006. He is an active member of Redemption Church in north Mobile. His wife, Lynne, and daughter, Lauren Burnett Wetzel, are both UM graduates.

DR. TODD GREER
Vice President Academic Affairs
tgreer@umobile.edu

Dr. Todd Greer holds a PhD in organizational leadership with a major in human resource development from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia; a Master of Science in ministerial leadership from Amridge University in Montgomery, Alabama; completed graduate work in communications studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; and a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. He has numerous publications to his credit, including journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at national conferences. He has served as lead instructor and board member with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation PortAL and instructor for the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy for high school students. He is a board member for United Way of Southwest Alabama and Springboard to Success Inc. which, with the Downtown Mobile Alliance, operates the Urban Emporium retail incubator. He is an advisory board member with Veterans Recovery Resources.


 MRS. LESA MOORE
Vice President for Marketing & Public Relations
lmoore@umobile.edu

Mrs. Lesa Moore holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from University of South Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile, where she was presented the Dr. William K. Weaver Jr. Honorary Fellows Award and Best Composition Paper Award in 2007. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and public relations in the high-tech industry, retail advertising and higher education. She has developed and led award-winning teams whose advertising, public relations and design work has been recognized locally and nationally by the Bay Area Advertising Federation, Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Higher Education Advertising Awards. Also, she is an adjunct instructor in marketing at University of Mobile. Prior to joining the university in 2002, Mrs. Moore enjoyed a successful career as director of marketing communication at Xanté Corporation, an international high-tech printer manufacturer. Mrs. Moore is married to Jay and they have two children, Logan and Olivia. They are members of Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, AL.


MRS. CHARITY WITTNER
Vice President for Enrollment Services and Student Life
cwittner@umobile.edu

Mrs. Charity Wittner holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership & Policy from the University of Mobile, where she was presented the Area Award in Psychology in 2005. She has served in various roles in Enrollment including director of both the Admissions and Financial Aid teams at University of Mobile over the last 11 years. Prior to serving at University of Mobile, Mrs. Wittner enjoyed a successful career in sales management. She is married to Chase Wittner and they have one son, Braxton. Mrs. Wittner and family are members of Crawford Baptist Church in Mobile.


DR. BRUCE EARNEST
Vice President for Advancement
bearnest@umobile.edu
Dr. Bruce Earnest holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music in performance from the University of
Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in music administration from Westfield State University. He has received postdoctoral training in planned giving and major gift cultivation at New York University and Humboldt State University. He joined the University of Mobile in 2009 as associate professor of theatre and chair of the musical theatre department. He serves as president of Mobile Opera; co-founder and executive director of the Ever Blue Performing Arts Festival in Fairhope, Alabama; and founder of the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, where he continues to teach music and theatre each summer. He serves as worship pastor for Government Street Baptist Church in Mobile. He and his wife, Darla, are the parents of Lukas and Rosalie.

Mel SansomDr. Mel Sansom
Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs
msansom@umobile.edu

Dr. Mel Sansom is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and a Master of Science in accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration, both from Harding University. He is an award-winning CFO, honored as the 2018 Arkansas Business Chief Financial Officer of the Year for Education by Arkansas Business, a statewide business journal. He oversees business services, campus operations and athletics for UM. Previously, he served as vice president of finance and CFO at Harding University from 2002 to 2019. He grew up in the Pensacola, Florida, area where he was a Tate High School graduate.