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University of Mobile Board of Trustees Reaffirms 'Distinctively Christian' Focus for Future

The University of Mobile Board of Trustees unanimously reaffirmed the Baptist-affiliated university’s “distinctively Christian” focus during its fall meeting.

The action comes nearly a decade after trustees first approved the “Statement of Christian Affirmation” as a guiding principle of what it means to be a “distinctively Christian” university.

The Oct. 22 reaffirmation of the Statement of Christian Affirmation had the dual purpose of validating the direction the university has been pursuing to fully integrate a Christian worldview into all areas of the school, while at the same time expressing a commitment to continue that focus into the future.

UMobile Board of Trustees Chairman Fred Wilson said, “The vote by the Board of Trustees is confirmation that the University of Mobile stands strong in its commitment to provide relevant and effective Christian higher education, both now and in the future.”

UMobile President Dr. Mark Foley said the Board’s action reinforces the university’s dedication to holding fast to key Christian theological beliefs, even as society’s culture has increasingly distanced itself from traditional Christian values.

“When we first started this journey to fully integrate learning, faith and leadership into all areas of university life, we did so with the belief that being a Christian university means more than having a few required chapel courses or a few Bible studies. Our faculty, staff and students embraced the challenge of defining what it means to provide ‘distinctively Christian’ higher education,” Foley said.

The process continues across the academic program, as faculty intentionally integrate Christian ethics and values across academic disciplines. Throughout the university, campus life programs intentionally explore Christian perspectives on issues such as citizenship, marriage and family, volunteerism and service, and theological and philosophical life concepts.

Foley said the aim is that, through the influence of its graduates, the University of Mobile will be a nationally recognized leader of revitalization of Christian faith and character in America by the year 2020.

The “Statement of Christian Affirmation” affirms that the institution adheres to key Christian theological beliefs regarding the nature, ethic and mission of Jesus Christ. It accompanies the university’s mission statement, philosophy statement, and goals as a guide for the growth and development of the school. The statement is posted on the university’s website at www.umobile.edu.

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