Alumni of the Year


Molly Crown Nordmann ‘76 has spent a lifetime during which she has attended or supported Julius T. Wright, UMS, and UMS-Wright.  She graduated from Julius T. Wright in 1976 where she was a member of the Art Club, Pep Club, the Jr. Historical Society and the UMS Homecoming Court and the Commencement Court. She was also Class Historian her senior year and captain of the cheerleader and the Maroon team.  She was a recipient of the “I Dare You” Leadership award, and placed third at the State Oratorical Contest.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama and her Masters in Elementary Education from Springhill College. 

She has spent the past 27 years of her life at her alma Mater, UMS-Wright.  She has taught 4th and 5th grades and also taught enrichment classes to middle school students. She coached cheerleading and eventually supervised all the school’s cheerleading squads as a Director of Cheerleading. In 1997, Mrs. Nordmann became Assistant to the Athletics Director. Being in the Athletic Department has allowed her to stay involved in the lives of so many students. Before her tenure at UMS-Wright, Molly was employed by Inge, McMillan for 6 years, and then began her teaching career at South Brookley Elementary.

Molly is a past President of the UMS-Wright Alumni Association and worked as Athletic Department Liaison for the Parents’ Association. Molly serves as a JTW 1976 Class Representative and has volunteered with Annual Giving efforts for many years. She is also a member of the UMS-Wright Athletic Hall of Fame, the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Descendent of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Mobile Alumni Club of Pi Beta, and three mystic societies. She was active in the Junior League of Mobile and is now a sustainer.  Molly, her husband Rudy, and their daughter Mary Herndon ‘08, are active members of Government Street Presbyterian Church, where she has served as deacon and managed congregation care.

Robert Milton Hope, Jr. ‘79 has spent most of his life involved with UMS and UMS-Wright.  He was an honor student and a superior student-athlete who is a member of the UMS-Wright Sports Hall of Fame. As the President of his senior class, he began to display leadership qualities that continue to make him an influential member of the Mobile and UMS-Wright communities.

After graduation from the University of Alabama in 1983, he completed his Juris Doctorate at Samford University’s Cumberland Law School in 1987.  In 1994, Robert completed the rigorous Northwestern University ABA National Graduate Trust School. He began as a Vice President and Head of Personal Trust at AmSouth Bank before he accepted the position as Vice President and Head of Private Banking at Whitney Bank.  Today, Robert is Investment Manager for the University of South Alabama Foundation.  All of his experience and professional expertise have made Robert an invaluable member of the UMS-Wright Board of Trustees for almost two decades and enabled him to perform the challenging task of Chairman of the UMS-Wright Board of Trustees.  His personal investment and his energy and time continues as Robert continues to serve as Chairman of the Board’s Advancement Committee and as member of the UMS-Wright Foundation Board. 

As a graduate of Leadership Mobile, Robert has continued to take advantage of opportunities to serve the city and all its residents.  He has served on the boards of the Preschool Center for the Sensory Impaired, the Mobile Museum of Art, Senior Citizens Services, and Camp Rap-a-Hope.  He continues to serve as a volunteer at Camp Rap-A-Hope and serves as a Team Leader and volunteer for the United Way of Southwest Alabama.  Today, Robert is a current board member and officer of the Downtown Mobile Alliance.  Robert is married to Mary Shannon Tolbert Hope ’82 and they have two children, Robert ‘15 and Jeanie ’17.

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