OUR PRESIDENT


WELCOME TO UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE!

We are grateful you would consider gaining your academic preparation at this highly-ranked Christian University that strives to integrate intellectual development and spiritual formation in preparing you for your professional calling. During the process, you will engage in conversations and critical thinking opportunities with faculty about the profession of your choosing while integrating a biblical worldview. The biblical worldview encourages you to understand your chosen profession within the context of a triune God, become an imago Dei or image bearer of Christ and allow Him to transform your mind in being prepared for your profession within a complex and challenging world.

As you engage the faculty and staff, you will be introduced to a unique educational process called “prac-ademics.” This involves the teaching of academic theory in the classroom while engaging in practice learning opportunities that may occur in science laboratories, human patient simulation laboratories, recording studios, businesses throughout the community or musical productions before thousands of people.

While engaging in intellectual and spiritual formation experiences, you will enjoy the opportunity to live on a beautiful award-winning 800-acre wooded campus complete with residential housing and amenities, delicious dining options, athletic facilities and most importantly, a place to call home with an engaging student body.

Welcome home,

Timothy L. Smith, PhD, PhD
President


Smith holds a Ph.D. in leadership and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a PhD. in nursing (anesthesia) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Graduate College; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing; a diploma in nurse anesthesia from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Memphis State University, and a diploma in nursing from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

His dissertation for the Ph.D. in leadership was “A Study of Factors that Predict the Success of Christ-Centered Higher Educational Institutions: A Mixed Method Study.” His Ph.D. in nursing dissertation was on “The Evaluation of Auditory Evoked Potentials and Psychological Priming Techniques as Indicators of Implicit Memory Formation During General Anesthesia” with an emphasis in anesthesia with foci in neuroanatomy and physiology. His thesis for the M.S.N. was on “Effect of Propofol and Desflurane on Recall During Anesthesia.”

Smith has held a variety of academic positions, from assistant professor to provost. At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing, from 1997-2004, he rose from assistant professor to associate professor and director of the nurse anesthesia program. At Union University from 2005-2014 he started as associate professor and dean of the School of Nursing, rising to professor and then executive director of the Center for Excellence in Health Care Practice.

He joined Anderson University in 2014 as vice president of strategic initiatives and special associate to the provost, becoming provost in 2015. Since 2014 he has served as adjunct professor in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Timothy L. Smith, PhD, PhD, became the fourth president of University of Mobile on April 11, 2016. Under his leadership, University of Mobile is focused on its mission as a Christ-centered academic community providing liberal arts and professional programs to renew minds through intellectual and spiritual development for the fulfilling of one’s professional calling. As a Great Commission university, the institution has adopted four core values that drive its growth and development: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted, Distinctively-Driven. 

The university has launched innovative academic programs; added undergraduate and graduate degrees; announced its first doctoral programs; created high-tech laboratories such as the state-of-the-art Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice; expanded community collaboration and partnerships; emphasized experiential learning and internships; and developed a unique four-day academic week with Focus Fridays student life events, community engagement, academic and service opportunities.

Dr. Smith holds two PhDs and two master’s degrees, is licensed by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and is ordained as a Southern Baptist minister. Prior to joining UM, he has held a variety of academic positions, from assistant professor to provost, while serving at Anderson University, Union University and University of Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and publications on topics relating to Christian worldview, Christian higher education, adult and professional programs, and healthcare.

Dr. Smith is a member of Sunrise Rotary of Mobile, is an advisory member of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and was selected for the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. He and his wife, Penney, a healthcare administrator consultant, have two adult children and a son-in-law: daughter Ashley Wainscott and her husband, Alex; and son Blake Smith.