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University of Mobile Professor Elected President of Alabama Historical Association

Dr. Lonnie A. Burnett, assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at the University of Mobile, has been elected to serve as president of the Alabama Historical Association for 2014-2015. The announcement was made at the organization’s recent annual meeting held this year in Scottsboro, Ala.

Founded in 1947, the Alabama Historical Association is the oldest statewide historical society in Alabama. The independent, nonprofit organization promotes the exploration and study of all aspects of Alabama's history. The group’s nearly 1,000 members come from the ranks of professional historians as well as non-academicians with an interest in the state’s history. 

Among its many activities, the AHA hosts an annual spring meeting and fall pilgrimage and sponsors the state's historical marker program.  The association also, in cooperation with The University of West Alabama, publishes “The Alabama Review,” a quarterly journal of Alabama History.

Burnett received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.  A seven time Teacher of the Year, he has taught U.S. History for 35 years.  He is the author of “The Pen Makes a Good Sword:  John Forsyth of the Mobile Register” (University of Alabama Press, 2006), “Henry Hotze, Confederate Propagandist” (University of Alabama Press, 2008) and recently contributed a chapter to “The Yellowhammer War: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama” (University of Alabama Press, 2014).

Burnett has been a member of the AHA for 20 years and has served on its board of directors and executive committee, as well as vice president.

About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 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.

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