MOBILE (UM) — University of Mobile (UM) has named Alabama native and former Samford University in Birmingham administrator Christopher McCaghren as vice president of academic affairs.
Currently, McCaghren is dean of the College of Education at Anderson University in South Carolina where he served with then-provost Dr. Tim Smith, who is the newly appointed UM president. Previously, McCaghren was assistant to the president for external programs and division head for the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at Samford.
UM President Smith called McCaghren a “premier academic leader,” saying, “His solid academic preparation, prior relationships throughout Southern Baptist life in Alabama and his unique academic experiences as an educator and administrator will serve to foster the ongoing growth of University of Mobile.”
McCaghren said new program development is a top priority, with a goal “to continue to position University of Mobile as an academically rigorous and Christ-centered institution of higher education, not only in the state of Alabama, but in the Southeast; and to ensure that we are equipping our students to go about their academic disciplines with a focus on ministry wherever they might be, and sending those students out into a world that certainly needs that perspective.”
McCaghren will start his new position July 18. He and his wife, Lauren, have a 14-month-old daughter, Callen.