In April 1961, when William K. Weaver Jr. was named president of Mobile College, it had no land, buildings, faculty or students.
“It was just a tremendous challenge,” Weaver said recently. “There was nobody you could talk to about starting a college.”
But he forged ahead, and today the Southern Baptist-affiliated University of Mobile is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
UM is associated with and receives some funding from the Alabama Baptist Convention. Also, its trustees are all members of the denomination, according to Kathy Dean, university spokeswoman.