University of Mobile names Timothy L. Smith new president

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The University of Mobile board of trustees announced Monday it has named a new president for the institution, the fourth in the Baptist university’s 54-year history.

Timothy L. Smith holds two doctorates, two master’s degrees and is licensed by the South Carolina Board of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Additionally, he has years of experience in higher education.

“The University of Mobile has a great foundation, with many building blocks already above the foundation. I believe there are huge opportunities to serve the community and partner with so many organizations. My methodology in leading as president will be a very collaborative approach. I want people inside the institution and externally to know that I’m coming in to listen; I’m coming in to collaborate; and I’m coming in to partner,” said president-elect Smith.

After an extensive search, UMobile Board of Trustees Chairman Fred Wilson said Smith was chosen, in part, because of his ability to be a “president for every constituency of the university.”

Smith will replace retiring President Mark Foley, who has led the school since 1998.

“Since accepting the position of president of the University of Mobile in 1998, it has been my determination that part of my responsibility is, at the appropriate time, to lead the institution carefully and effectively into the hands of my successor,” said Foley when he announced his retirement in October. “Just as in a relay race, the key to winning is an effective hand off. I believe now is the time to begin that hand off.”

The University of Mobile’s press team live-Tweeted the press conference making the announcement.

Smith will begin his tenure as U of Mobile at the conclusion of this school year.

According to the University’s website, the University of Mobile is a Christian university affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention located on an 880-acre campus near Mobile. More than 1,500 students are enrolled in over 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, The Roger Breland School of Music, adult and professional studies, and graduate programs.

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