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President Foley Honored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

University of Mobile president Dr. Mark Foley was honored as a distinguished alumnus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary during the NOBTS Alumni and Friends Picnic this summer.

The annual award recognizes consistent and unique ministry contributions of NOBTS alumni. Foley was among four alumni honored during the June 20 event on the seminary campus in New Orleans. Also honored were Waylon Bailey, pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington, La.; Clay Corvin, vice president for business affairs at NOBTS; and Randy Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

NOBTS president Chuck Kelley presented the award.

Foley has served as president of the University of Mobile since 1998 and is the third president of the university since its founding in 1961. He led the move to intentionally integrate learning, faith and leadership in all areas of university life, while raising academic standards, building new residence halls, establishing outstanding programs such as the Center for Performing Arts and The College of Christian Leadership; and leading the university to national rankings.

His emphasis on the core values of faith, learning, conviction, integrity, stewardship and leadership has extended to all operations of the university, from the classroom to the administrative offices. With these core values in place, the university is committed to graduating confident Christian men and women who have mastered the body of knowledge required by the degree they hold; who know how to think; who know what they believe and why they believe it; who possess the courage to live and work according to those beliefs; who accept responsibility as caretakers of that with which God has entrusted them; and who possess the willingness and skill to use their influence in appropriate and effective ways to change the world around them. These values lie at the heart of the University’s 2020 Vision strategic plan that sets as its outcome. “By 2020, The University of Mobile will be a nationally recognized voice and transforming, influence in the revitalization of Christian faith and character in America.”

Foley held membership on the Executive Committee of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Executive Committee and past chairman of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Schools, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, Southeast, Inc.

Previously, he was executive vice president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a bachelor of business administration from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; and a master of divinity and a doctor of philosophy in psychology and counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister, a former business owner, and has practiced as a professional counselor. His wife, Marilyn, is involved in many university activities. She holds bachelor of science in education from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and is a former classroom educator.

The Foleys have two children and two granddaughters. Their daughter, Molly, is married to Doug Sawyer, an accounting executive in Georgia, and they have two daughters, Avery and Abby. Their son, Rob, and his wife, Leah, reside in Colorado. Rob is on the staff of Denver Theological Seminary and Leah is a registered nurse.

The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

NOBTS President Chuck Kelley, left, presents the Distinguished Alumni award to
University of Mobile President Mark Foley

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