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National Award-Winning Columnist Quin Hillyer Joins University of Mobile as Writer-in-Residence

National award-winning columnist Quin Hillyer, whose sharp insights into American politics have made him a “must-read” for politicians, policy makers and political observers, has been named Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mobile.

Hillyer joins the university’s Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement, a grassroots project to transform the nation through revitalizing Christian faith and character in America. The movement is bringing national attention to the goal of helping leaders in a variety of professions fulfill their responsibility to God as American citizens.

Hillyer will write a weekly column, “Current Events with Quin Hillyer,” which will address important issues facing the nation. To receive the free email column, go to and click on “sign up.”

In addition, Hillyer will serve as a guest lecturer at the University of Mobile, a 50-year-old Christian university located in Mobile, Alabama, with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students.

University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley said Hillyer’s nationally recognized ability to analyze and comment upon important issues from the viewpoint of a compassionate conservative will help the university achieve its goal of empowering individuals to take a stand for what is right.

“Quin has an insider’s knowledge of how politics in America really works, and the effects policymakers have on our national character. He brings a unique ability to communicate important insights to American citizens who are concerned about the way our nation has drifted from its foundational principles,” Foley said.

Hillyer said he looks forward to participating in the life of the university and the Twelve23 Movement.

“I think that the United States is at a time of great challenge, and I think the answers to the challenges will come not from Washington D.C., but from citizens across the land getting involved in the civic realm and applying their faith and their values to matters not just political, but more broadly cultural. Through its Twelve23 Movement and its Center for Leadership, the University of Mobile is merging educational contemplation with real action, and joining faith with freedom. The educational mission of a good university is essential for cultural renewal. This university can be at the forefront of that effort, and I want to be a part of that mission,” Hillyer said.

Dr. Joe Savage, director of the Center for Leadership, said the university currently distributes a weekly email aimed at encouraging educators, and “Current Events with Quin Hillyer” will expand the university’s influence into the political and cultural realm.

Quin Hillyer is a Senior Fellow for The Center for Individual Freedom, and a Senior Editor for the American Spectator magazine. He has won mainstream awards for journalistic excellence at the local, state, regional and national levels. He has been published professionally in well over 50 publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, Investors Business Daily, National Review, the Weekly Standard, Human Events, and The New Republic Online.

He is a former editorial writer and columnist for the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, the Mobile Register, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and a former managing editor of Gambit Weekly in New Orleans. He has appeared dozens of times as a television analyst in Washington, D.C., Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana, and as a guest many hundreds of times on national and local radio shows.

Hillyer also has worked in professional or volunteer capacities in dozens of political campaigns, and served for five years as press secretary for U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston of New Orleans. He was an original executive board member of the internationally acclaimed Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, formed to halt the then-meteoric political rise of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Hillyer also has volunteered in leadership roles for numerous church, civic and educational organizations. He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, and is a Fellow of the Loyola University (New Orleans) Institute of Politics and of Leadership Coastal Alabama. He is married to the former Therese Robinson of Mobile.

For more information about the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement, visit or call 251.675.7551. For more information about the University of Mobile, visit or call 251.442.2222.

Quin Hillyer, University of Mobile writer-in-residence

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