University of Mobile Names Dr. Timothy L. Smith President


JobfitMatters is pleased to announce the University of Mobile Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Timothy L. Smith as the fourth president in the Christian university’s 54-year history. Smith will assume the presidency on May 16.
Smith is currently provost of Anderson University in South Carolina. Previously, he was dean of the School of Nursing at Union University in Tennessee, where he oversaw a 79 percent expansion in enrollment and founded the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice that included a nurse residency program for five hospitals.
Search Committee Chair Terry Harbin said the committee selected Smith for three primary reasons, “He is unbelievably well-qualified through his academic preparation. Secondly, he has practical experience. He has done in other places what we need done at the University of Mobile. And thirdly, he has demonstrated humility. A man who has accomplished what he has accomplished in life to come in and be a down-to-earth, Christ-centered servant is amazing.”
Tommy Thomas, Laura Coverstone, and Ed Poff assisted the UMobile search committee in this important work. Harbin commented, “The entire JFM team understood our mission and requirements from the first meeting and provided our search team with well qualified candidates with whom to talk. In the end, they delivered above and beyond our expectations and we now have in place a great fit for our mission and our future.”
Smith holds a Ph.D. in in leadership and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a PhD. in nursing (anesthesia) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Graduate College; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing; a diploma in nurse anesthesia from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Memphis State University, and a diploma in nursing from Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Smith and his wife, Penney, are excited about the opportunity and will be transitioning to Mobile from Taylors, SC. The couple has two grown children, Ashley and Alex.
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