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