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One of AUM's first professors, Brad Moody, retiring after 40 years

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Brad Moody's first memory of politics was watching the national conventions on TV in 1952, during the Adlai Stevenson vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower presidential campaign. In college in 1965, he had the opportunity to shake hands with Lyndon B. Johnson when the president visited campus to sign the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These early experiences led to a 40-year career in political science that is coming to a close this week as Moody retires from Auburn University at Montgomery.

An associate professor of political science and public administration, Moody arrived at AUM in 1972 when the university hadjust moved to its current campus from its original Bell Street location downtown. He grew up in Giddings, Texas – a small town near Austin – and received a B.A. in history and secondary education in 1965 from what is nowknown as Texas State University-San Marcos. He received a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979.

Hailing from a family of teachers, Moody has a passion for education that has made him a favorite among AUM students. He estimates that he has taught more than 5,000 students at AUM, many of whom are now working as public servants in local and state government, military, and education. Counted among his influential alumni are Kelli Wise, Alabama Supreme Court Justice, and Jennifer Ardis, press secretary to Gov. Robert Bentley.

"With the retirement of Dr. Brad Moody, AUM is losing one of its best professors," Ardis said. "The standards and demands he set in his classroom helped make the public administration program at AUM one of the best in the state. He took a vested interest in the academic and professional success of his students. As one of his former students, I am grateful to him for helping to shape my career inpublic service. I wish him all the best in retirement and thank him for making a difference in my life and in the lives of his students at AUM." 

Moody's service to campus includes serving as president of the Faculty Council, several terms on Faculty Senate, Athletics Committee, and the Institutional Review Board. In the community, he has served as president of Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery.

Moody said he is proud of being an advocate for and a friend of AUM women's athletics, particularly women's basketball. As participants in the women's basketball Adoptive Parents program, he and his wife Margie made some lasting friends, including two members of the AUM Athletics Hall of Fame, Karen Duncan and Katie Barnett Barton. He is especially proud of the successes of women's basketball alumni including the four who are now women's basketball coaches in Montgomery high schools.

Moody is well-known throughout the state as a media commentator on Alabama government and politics. He plans to continue this role in retirement. He also plans to continue teaching at AUM on occasion as an adjunct professor. In fact, he is scheduled to teach Intro to American Government this fall.

Other retirement plans include reading, traveling, volunteering and spending time with his four-year-old grandson, Knox, and his wife of 44 years Margie, a retired AUM political science professor.

While Moody has made a lasting mark on the university, he winces when referred to as a legend.

"I really only wish to be remembered as someone who tried to make AUM a better place for students to learn and to prepare themselves to be professionals and citizens and for faculty and staff to work in a rewarding and supportive environment," he said.

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