Sybil C. Mobley
Sybil Lenora Collins Mobley (October 14, 1925 – September 29, 2015) was Dean Emerita of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) School of Business and Industry.
Sybil C. Mobley
Dr. Sybil Collins Mobley
|Dean of the School of Business and Industry at Florida A&M University|
November 5, 1973 – June 30, 2003
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Lydia McKinley-Floyd|
|Born||October 14, 1925|
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||September 29, 2015 89) (aged|
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||James Otis Mobley|
|Alma mater||Bishop College|
Early life and education
Sybil Collins grew up in Shreveport, La., where her father, Melvin Collins was an educator and founder of the Shreveport Sun newspaper, and her mother was a teacher. She graduated from high school and then attended Bishop College in Texas, where she was outstanding student.
But opportunities for employment were slim and she accepted a job as a secretary at FAMU in 1945. Years later, she was recognized for her business skills and encouraged to take the graduate school admissions exam, and excelled. She was accepted into the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where she made the Dean's List. She was then entered the University of Illinois, where she completed her classwork towards her doctorate in one and a half years.
Mobley rose from the ranks of a professor to department chair (1971-1974) to founding dean of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) from 1974 – 2003 (her fourth baby). During her tenure as SBI's dean, Dr. Mobley implemented her world renowned Professional Leadership Development (PLD) Program, a leadership development program designed to teach students behavioral competencies to complement their academic preparation. To support her innovative PD and academic curricula, Dean Mobley started the SBI Big Board, which consists of over 100 plaques. Each plaque on the SBI Big Board represents a minimum donation of $100,000 endowed for scholarships. The earnings from the SBI Big Board accounts still enable SBI to provide scholarships to its "Superstars" today. As a result of her mega contributions to FAMU, Dr. Mobley received the designation of Dean Emerita upon her retirement.
Legacy and Honors
In addition to serving as a master administrator in higher education and being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Florida, Dean Mobley served on the boards of directors of Anheuser-Busch Company, Champion International Corporation, Hershey Foods Corporation, Sears Roebuck & Company, Southwestern Bell Corporation, Dean Witter, and Discover. Dr. Mobley and her husband, James Mobley, a successful entrepreneur, were also pioneers in the Tallahassee Civil Rights Movement. Some of Dean Mobley's other affiliations included Alpha Kappa Alpha, the International Association of Black Business Educators, the National Association of Black Accountants, Florida Women's Hall of Fame, and the FAMU SBI Hall of Fame to name a few. Dr. Mobley served as a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development for multiple African countries, and she was awarded the FAMU Lifetime Achievement Award among numerous other awards. She received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1982.
Through her tenacious and assiduous efforts, Dean Mobley positively changed the personal, economic, and professional trajectory of hundreds of thousands of individuals, including her students, faculty, and staff – past, present, and future. Successful SBIans can be found in all industry sectors from education to the C-Suite of multinational corporations, and from entrepreneurs to non-profits all around the globe. Dean Mobley named the SBI alumni the "SBI Force" because she said that we would be a "force to be reckoned with" in the global economy. The ripple effects of Dean Mobley's commitment to excellence in business education and the world of business have been and will be felt for decades.
Mobley died in the early morning hours of September 29, 2015 at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare after a brief illness. She was 89.
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- "Statement from President Dr. Elmira Mangum on the passing of Sybil C. Mobley". miamitimesonline.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
- Lynn Hatter. "Legendary FAMU Business School Dean Mobley Dies". wfsu.org. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
- "CANDACE AWARD RECIPIENTS 1982-1990, Page 3". National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Archived from the original on March 14, 2003.