University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a private, Baptist university in Prichard, Alabama.[1] The master's-level university has an enrollment of 1,577.

University of Mobile
Former name
Mobile College (1961–93)
MottoHigher Education for a Higher Purpose
Religious affiliation
Alabama Baptist Convention
PresidentDr. Lonnie Burnett
Academic staff
Administrative staff
StudentsApprox. 1,600
Location, ,
United States

30.793325°N 88.128789°W / 30.793325; -88.128789
ColorsGarnet, Black and Gray             
NicknameThe Rams
AffiliationsNAIA, SSAC
MascotMac the Ram


The University of Mobile is governed by a board of trustees. Members are recommended by the president of the university, reviewed by the Committee on Boards at the Alabama Baptist State Convention, and appointed by the Alabama Baptist State Convention. Elected trustees serve 4-year terms with reelection possible up to a maximum of 12 continuous years, after which an individual must be off the board for at least one year before becoming eligible to return. Life trustees must have held an elected position on the board for 20 years and may then be presented by the president for election to the life position. As of April 2008, the university had 33 elected trustees and four life trustees.[2]


College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Lonnie Burnett 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 history, political science, psychology, sociology, social science, biology, environmental management, marine science, mathematics, English, humanities, and communication.[3] 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.[4]

School of Business

Dr. Todd Greer is the Dean of the School of Business which offers fields of study in accounting, business administration (with concentrations in finance, management, and marketing), and computer information systems. The school also offers a master's degree in business administration.[5]

School of Christian Studies

Dr. Doug Wilson in the dean for the School of Christian Studies. A Bachelor of Arts or Science in Theology is available from the School of Christian Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies.

School of Education

Dr. Carolyn Corliss is the 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.[6]

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.[7]

The Alabama School of the Arts

The Performing Arts division is chaired by Dr. Al Miller and offers fields of study in visual arts, music, theater, and worship leadership.[8]


The University of Mobile has 1,577 students from thirty states and twenty-four nations.[9] 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 Southern Baptist.[2]

Residential life

At its inception, Mobile College was entirely a commuter school until the first residence halls, Arendall and Bedsole Hall, were completed. Along with Arendall and Bedsole, President Weaver also oversaw the addition of housing cottages, which would eventually be named Avery Woods. President Magnoli oversaw the addition of the university's fourth student housing unit, the 3-storied Ingram Hall. Under President Foley the university residential area expanded to include Samford Hall, Faulkner Hall, and the Timbers.[10]


University of Mobile's athletic teams, nicknamed "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 university colors are garnet, black and gray, 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 national 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).[2]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "Prichard, Alabama :: Boundary Map of Prichard, Alabama". Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  2. "Encyclopedia of Alabama: University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  3. Archived June 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Mathematics Program at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  5. "School of Business at the University of Mobile". Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  6. "School of Education at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  7. "School of Nursing at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  8. "Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mobile". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  9. Archived June 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
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