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University of Mobile


University of Mobile

University of Mobile
Former name
Mobile College (1961–93)
Motto The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom
Established 1961
Type Private
Affiliation Alabama Baptist Convention
Endowment $14,000,000
Chancellor William K. Weaver
President Mark R. Foley
Vice-president Audrey C. Eubanks
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 1,577
Location Prichard, Alabama, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Maroon and White         
Sports Track, soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, golf, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country
Nickname The Rams
Mascot Mac the Ram
Affiliations NAIA, SSAC
Logo of the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is an American four-year, private, Baptist-affiliated university in Prichard, Alabama. The master's-level university has an enrollment of 1,577.


  • History 1
  • Organization 2
  • Schools 3
    • College of Arts and Sciences 3.1
    • School of Business 3.2
    • School of Christian Studies 3.3
    • School of Education 3.4
    • School of Nursing 3.5
    • Center of Performing Arts 3.6
  • Demographics 4
  • Residential life 5
  • Media 6
  • Athletics 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The Alabama Baptist organization first expressed interest in establishing a Baptist college in Mobile in 1946. At that time the organization was considering combining the already established schools of Howard College (Now [1]

Weaver Hall at Night.

In 1957 the [1]

Mobile businessman Jay P. Altmayer donated 200 acres in north Mobile as the site for the newly established college. Ray Loper of Loper Lumber Company donated another 50 acres (200,000 m2) along the Chickasabogue Creek. Other purchases brought the land total to 400 acres (1.6 km2). Today the University campus encompasses 880 acres (3.6 km2).[1]

Bedsole Library

Weaver remained president until his retirement in 1984. During his tenure Mobile College grew to include two residence halls, a dining hall, a gymnasium, a library, a fine arts academic building, residence cottages, tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Michael A. Magnoli, a member of the college's first graduating class, succeeded Weaver as president in 1984. One of Magnoli's first acts as president was to establish the school's athletic program. Under Magnoli the campus continued to grow, adding another residence hall and new classroom buildings. Magnoli also oversaw the relocation of the St. Stephens Baptist Church to the campus in 1987. The church was renamed Lyon Chapel in honor of former trustee Willie Mae Lewis Lyon and was an acknowledgment of the commitment of the Alabama Baptists to the establishment and continued support of the college.[1]

Lyon Chapel

On July 1, 1993, Mobile College became the University of Mobile to better reflect the growth in programs and facilities. To add an international component to the university and expand its academic programs the university opened the Latin American Branch Campus in San Marcos, Nicaragua in the fall of 1993. The expansion plan would eventually inflict a serious strain on the university's financial status. In March 1997 Magnoli sent a memo to board members outlining the financial situation of the university and reported that the school will have a $1.5 million cash flow shortfall by the end of the fiscal year. Adding to the problem was the university's lines of credit with two area banks, totaling $2 million. A month later, after a 4-hour meeting with the university trustees, Magnoli's tenure at the University of Mobile had ended despite having 2 years left on his contract. A few unnamed board members told the Mobile Press-Register that the university was now facing a $4 million cash flow shortage heading into the coming months. In October 1999 Magnoli was convicted of falsifying his 1993 federal income tax returns. Magnoli had declared that he had $15,000 on his person when arriving at New Orleans airport in 1993. He told officials his occupation and claimed that the money belonged to the university. Investigators uncovered that the school had no knowledge of the money and that Magnoli had used the cash as a down payment for a home on Ono Island.[3][4]

On February 13, 1998, the Board of Trustees appointed Mark Foley, former executive vice-president of the [1] Foley came under fire in August 1998 for his new hiring policy which stated that the university will only hire Christian faculty members. This drew criticism from members of the Jewish community including long-time donor Gordon Kahn, who asked for his name to be removed from the scholarships and foundations he had donated. Foley contested that for the university to carry out its faith-based mission it must have full support and understanding from all of its faculty members.[6]


The University of Mobile is governed by a [1]


College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Dwight Steedly is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences with Dr. Ted Mashburn currently holding the title of Associate Dean. The college offers degrees in arts, history, political science, psychology, sociology, social science, biology, environmental management, marine science, mathematics, English, humanities, and communication.[7] The University of Mobile has also established engineering partnership programs with Auburn University and the University of South Alabama by which students may receive a bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the participating university.[8]

School of Business

Dr. Jane Finley is the Dean of the School of Business which offers fields of study in accounting, business administration (with concentrations in finance, global business, management, and marketing), and computer information systems. The school also offers a master's degree in business administration.[9]

School of Christian Studies

A Bachelor of Arts or Science in Theology is available from the School of Christian Studies. Dr. Cecil Taylor is the current Dean.[10]

School of Education

Dr. Peter Kingsford is the current Dean for the school of education which offers degrees in early childhood education and elementary education as well as secondary certification for biology, history, mathematics, language arts, social sciences, and human performance and exercise science. A degree in athletic training is also available.[11]

School of Nursing

The school of nursing offers associates and bachelor's degrees in nursing. The school also offers a Master of Science in nursing. Dr. Jan Wood is the current dean.[12]

Center of Performing Arts

The Performing Arts division is chaired by Al Miller and offers fields of study in music, theater,and worship leadership.[13]

Faulkner Residence Hall


The University of Mobile has 1,577 students from thirty states and twenty-four nations.[14] Overall, sixty-five percent of the students enrolled are from the Mobile area or surrounding counties while seventeen percent are from other areas in Alabama. Forty percent of the student body reside on campus. Sixty-five percent of the students are [1]

Residential life

At its inception, Mobile College was entirely a

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Encyclopedia of Alabama: University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b [8]
  3. ^ [9] Archived July 8, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [10] Archived July 8, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Mobile trustees vote to withdraw from Nicaragua branch campus". Baptist Press. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ [11]
  7. ^ [12]
  8. ^ "Mathematics Program at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "School of Business at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "School of Christian Ministries at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "School of Education at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "School of Nursing at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ [13] Archived June 9, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ [14]


See also

Notable alumni

The university colors are maroon and white, and a ram is the mascot. The school's intercollegiate program began in 1985 as one of the first acts of the newly appointed President Magnoli. The university has won championships in men's tennis in 1993; women's tennis (1994); men's golf, men's tennis, and women's soccer in 1997; women's golf (1998); men's soccer (2002); and women's softball (2006).[1]

U. of Mobile teams, nicknamed athletically as the Rams, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The Rams formerly competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field ; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.


  • "The Ram Report", Official bi-weekly newsletter of the University of Mobile. It is produced by the Public Relations Office and does have some student photography and articles written by students. The Ram Report does not publish opinions.
  • "UM NewsNet", Official online news source of the university which is e-mailed to students, faculty, staff and others who sign up online.

There are several media outlines at the University of Mobile:



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