The mission of the University of Mobile Student Success Center (SSC) is to guide students from start to finish in the areas of new student orientation, academic and interpersonal skill-building, individual counseling, and career exploration and development. The goal of the SSC staff is to provide services that allow students to grow academically, personally, spiritually, and professionally on the journey toward success.



SSC Staff

Shirley Sutterfield, Director of Student Retention and Coordinator of Disability Support Services

After raising a family, Shirley began working at the University of Mobile in July 1993. She received her B.S. degree in Organizational and Administrative Leadership in 2003 and her M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2007, both from the University of Mobile. She is currently pursuing licensure with the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy.

As Director of Student Retention Shirley works with students, families, faculty, and staff to identify risk factors for students and to offer interventions for these issues through programs and individual counseling.

She serves students with disabilities by identifying accommodations available to ensure equal access to higher education for this student population.

In addition, she oversees all services provided by the Student Success Center.

Shirley’s top 5 strengths are: Harmony, Intellection, Relator, Learner, and Maximizer.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.”

You can email Shirley at


 Brenda Davis, Coordinator of Career Development

Brenda Davis received her B.S. degree in Speech and English Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her M.A. degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Mobile.

As Coordinator of Career Development, Brenda meets with students and directs and leads on-campus career events and workshops.  She is also responsible for the Job Board on MyUM and in Weaver Hall and assists students in finding full and part-time jobs.

Brenda’s top 5 strengths are: Positivity, Woo, Communication, Learner, and Maximizer.

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”  Proverbs 16:3

You can email Brenda at


The Learning Connection

Freshman Seminar is a program offered for first-time freshmen here at UMobile. As a freshman, you will have the opportunity to attend seminars designed to connect you with valuable information and resources necessary for beginning a successful college career. You and your RAM FAM members will journey through this seminar together with your faculty mentor and peer leader who will help guide you through your first semester as a UMobile student.

The SSC can help you improve your study skills and test taking skills. To make an appointment, call 251.442.2292. If you need tutoring in any subject, call the Learning Center located in the Bedsole Library at 251.442.2377.

The Deeper Connection

The Student Success Center at the University of Mobile is committed to providing you with support and guidance as you journey through the ups and downs of college life. Whether your concerns are with your challenging relationships with parents and friends or with class and work responsibilities, the Student Success Center is a safe place for you to come for support and guidance.

For parents and students looking for more information about how to get the most out of the college experience, the SSC provides a connection to online resources for exploring the world of college and work. With informative articles, helpful links, and email connections to SSC staff, parents and students can stay connected with success at UMobile.

We know you work hard to have good relationships with your family and friends. So when you have a question or need more information about resolving conflicts, or dealing with depression, addiction, or relationship issues, connect with the SSC staff for personal counseling. Appointments can be made at the SSC office.

Have you ever wondered what makes relationships work? The SSC offers you the opportunity to learn about personality types and relationships. Ask a SSC staff member how you can begin your own personality study.

The Career Connection

The SSC offers career guidance and exploration for all UMobile students. Whether you are a new student at UMobile and would like to learn more about the career choices available to you or a graduating senior with a resume to prepare, the SSC offers you one-on-one consultations designed to fit your needs. With a wide variety of resources and inventories available, the SSC plans to connect you with the tools for success both here at UMobile and in the world of work.

Looking for work? The SSC offers UMobile students and alumni career development support through providing access to local and regional job opportunities. Get connected with your career through the SSC.

For graduating seniors, the SSC offers resume writing, interviewing skills, and individual consultations.



Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 am - 4:30 pm
Please call 251.442.2877 for an appointment

University of Mobile
5735 College Parkway
Mobile, AL 36613

Phone: 251.442.2877
Fax: 251.442.2498