Torch Society Lights the Way

Kathy Dean Purpose

The University of Mobile Torch Society awarded $10,000 in scholarships to six students at its culminating event, “An Evening with Amanda Bible Williams,” on April 9 at Redemption Church.

“Torch Society finished a record year, allowing us to double the amount of scholarship dollars awarded to students,” said Lauren McCaghren, director of Torch Society and senior director of alumni programs.

The evening featured a book signing and talk by UM alumna Amanda Bible Williams ’00, co-founder of She Reads Truth, and a night of inspiration and worship led by worship leaders from some of the area’s largest churches. Williams also spoke to UM students during Chapel.

The philanthropic organization raises funds throughout the year to benefit UM students while presenting engaging programs and promoting volunteerism. Torch Society, and Junior Torch Society for members ages 22 to 35, has its roots in the Mobile College Auxilliary founded in the 1960s by Annie Boyd Parker “B” Weaver, wife of founding president William K. Weaver Jr.

About the Author
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.