Frederick T. Stimpson III, chief executive officer of Scotch Gulf Lumber
, will deliver the commencement address during the 46th graduation exercises for the University of Mobile
on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the Mobile Civic Center.
The university will present the Shofar Award for faithful service by an Alabama Baptist minister to Rev. David L. Hudson, evangelism coordinator with the Mobile Baptist Association
The William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award and the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award will be presented to the outstanding male and female students selected by vote of the university faculty. Other academic awards will be presented during an Honors Convocation on Friday, May 11, at 9 a.m. at Ram Hall on campus.
Bachelor’s, master’s and associate’s degrees will be awarded to approximately 350 graduates during commencement ceremonies.
Stimpson began employment at Gulf Lumber Co. in 1974, and currently serves as CEO of Scotch Gulf Lumber. He is a leader in many business and civic organizations, having served as president of the Alabama Wildlife Federation, founding chairman of the American Family Business Institute, founding board member of Coastal Land Trust, member of the board of directors and past chairman of Infirmary Health System, past member and chairman of the Salvation Army advisory board, past chairman of the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturing Association, on the current executive committee of the Alabama Forestry Association, and is a member of the Whitney Bank regional advisory board. He is a member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile where he serves on the board of trustees.
Stimpson holds a bachelor of science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama and a bachelor of science in forestry resources from the University of Georgia.
A native of Mobile, Ala., he is married to the former Alicia Snyder and they have three daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Rev. David L. Hudson will receive the Shofar Award, which is awarded to an Alabama Baptist State Convention minister for faithful service that may never otherwise be recognized.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., he attended Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, and served as a youth pastor for Clifton Hills Baptist Church in Chattanooga. He then served the following congregations in succession: Fairhaven Baptist, Cedar Bluff, Ala.; Ingelnook Baptist, Birmingham, Ala.; Pleasant Hill Baptist, Decatur, Ala.; Mt. Vernon Baptist, Sale Creek, Tenn.; Creola First Baptist, Mobile, Ala.; Berean Baptist, Mobile, Ala.; Daphne Baptist, Daphne, Ala.; and Mt. Vernon Baptist, Meridian, Miss.
Three months after assuming the pastorate at Mt. Vernon Baptist, Hudson suffered a stroke and had to retire from active ministry. After two years of recuperation, he became a mission volunteer under the North American Mission Board auspices, serving as evangelism coordinator for Mobile Baptist Association. In the last five years Hudson has served five churches in the Mobile area as a volunteer pastor. His aim is to restart churches that are dying and lead them back to fruitful ministry.
He and his wife, Delphia, have two daughters.
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