Dr. Mark Foley - President, University of Mobile
Dr. Mark 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. During more than a decade of leadership, Dr. Foley has 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 College of Christian Leadership and the Center for Performing Arts, and earning the private Christian university 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.
Dr. Foley is a member of the Executive Committee and past chairman of the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Schools; chairman elect of the President's Council of the Southern States Athletic Conference; a former member of the Executive Committee of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, Southeast, Inc.; and a published author.
Previously, Dr. Foley 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 a 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.
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Dr. Joe Savage - Director
Dr. Joe Savage is director of the University of Mobile Center for Leadership. Founded in May 2010, the Center for Leadership is purposed with a clear vision of becoming a transforming influence in the revitalization of Christian faith and character in America.
As president and founder of Winners Influence and Joe Savage Ministries, he ministered to more than 200 coaches and executives in the National Football League (NFL). Joe was a forerunner in training and inspiring professional sports leaders and athletes in maximizing their influence in the community. His weekly inspirational email became the most requested devotion in professional sports.
With a unique ability to organize and equip others toward putting their faith into action, Joe is a leader in focusing large groups and individuals on their ability to make a difference in their community and world. He has worked at both the local and national levels, with 10 years of experience as a senior pastor and more than 20 years in ministry serving in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio.
A motivational speaker, author and evangelist, Joe has personally spoken to more than 1,800 audiences ranging from inner-city youth to corporate events for Aflac, NASA, Diebold Corporation, Alive Festival, and others.
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Dr. Faron Hollinger - Education Alliance Coordinator
Dr. Faron L. Hollinger received his Doctor of Education and Educational Specialist degrees from The University of Alabama and his Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of South Alabama. He served the Baldwin County Public School System as a teacher, school psychologist, supervisor, coordinator, and division superintendent from 1976 to 2000. He served as Superintendent of Education for the Jasper City School System from 2000 to 2002 before returning to Baldwin County, where he served as Superintendent of Education from 2002 to 2010.
Dr. Hollinger has been the recipient of multiple honors, including State Superintendent of the Year in 2004 and District Superintendent of the Year in 2008, as well as multiple recognitions for his outstanding service as a superintendent, school psychologist and communicator.
Since his retirement from public education in Alabama, Dr. Hollinger has worked as an educational consultant and is currently President and CEO of Akribos Consulting Group. He also serves the Board of School Superintendents (BOSS) as a Board Chair for Alabama projects and initiatives.
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Mr. Quin Hillyer - Writer-in-Residence
Quin Hillyer is a Senior Fellow for The Center for Individual Freedom, a Senior Editor for the American Spectator magazine, and a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mobile. 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 DC, 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.
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