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President Emeritus Gordon Moulton
Sept. 28, 2013
Contact: Bob Lowry
Interim Director of Public Relations
Community Memorial Set for Wednesday, Oct. 2 for
USA President Emeritus Gordon Moulton
A community-wide memorial service will be held on the University of South Alabama campus Wednesday, Oct. 2, for USA President Emeritus Gordon Moulton, whose career spanned most of the University's first half-century and culminated with 15 years as USA's president. The memorial is set for 4 p.m. in the Mitchell Center arena on campus, and Geri Moulton will receive guests immediately following at the same location.
Moulton, 73, lost his year-long battle with cancer on Saturday, Sept. 28, at his home in Daphne.
"President Gordon Moulton was a longtime visionary leader of the University of South Alabama and was highly respected in the higher education community, the city and the state," said Dr. John W. Smith, USA acting president. "He touched countless lives through his tireless, dedicated service. He was a trusting friend, colleague, mentor and leader. Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Geri, and their families, as we mourn his passing and celebrate his life."
"It was President John Quincy Adams who said 'If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.' Truly, Gordon Moulton fit that description as the leader of the University of South Alabama," said Dr. Steven P. Furr, chair pro tempore of the USA Board of Trustees and a USA graduate. "With his nearly five decades of service to the University, he had no equal in knowing our past, understanding our present, and charting the course for our future. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten and will always be inspiring."
"Gordon Moulton's transformational leadership of the University of South Alabama will leave an everlasting impact on the University, the state, our region and beyond," said James A. Yance, a USA graduate who was chair pro tempore of the USA Board of Trustees when Moulton retired as USA president on July 1. "With Gordon's bold vision and boundless determination, the University of South Alabama has achieved far beyond what many believed possible, and he has prepared the way for even greater accomplishments to come. He was a dear and faithful friend of mine for 45 years and will be missed by all."
In 15 years as president, Moulton "transformed the University into one of the nation's finest educational institutions, a community partner that sets the tone of excellence, and he has created an economic development engine at the University that provides countless jobs and resources for citizens throughout Mobile and the region," said USA trustee and Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.
"The true measure of a great university is ultimately demonstrated through the accomplishments and recognition of its graduates and the contributions of its faculty through the creation of new knowledge and ideas," Moulton said upon his retirement in July. "The quality of the faculty, the staff and the students in any institution ultimately drives this outcome, and I have been privileged to work with the very best.
"We're a comprehensive University with a huge public service mission, much of which is associated with our hospitals and clinics. Those employees each day focus on the excellent care and treatment of thousands of patients and the easing of disease.
"It has been highly satisfying and a privilege to be a part of an institution that, through its teaching, research, service and health care missions, has made and will forever continue to make a remarkable positive impact on the quality of life of countless people."
A Donalsonville, Ga., native, Moulton earned his bachelor's degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master's degree in business administration from Emory University.
In 1966, at age 26, Moulton joined the faculty of the brand-new USA College of Business. Possessing the versatility needed by the University in its early years, Moulton established the department of computer and information sciences, and later served as founding dean of USA's School of Computer and Information Sciences (now the School of Computing). He served as director of computer services, dean of administrative services and a 15-year appointment as vice president for services and planning. He served as president of the University from 1998 to 2013 and was the second president in USA's 50-year history.
During Moulton's presidency, USA:
- Grew in enrollment by a third to a record 15,000.
- Nearly doubled the number of degrees awarded to 75,000.
- Quadrupled its scholarship program and created the University Honors Program.
- Expanded its academic reputation and degree programs.
- Implemented student life enhancements including football and marching band and new recreation, dining and housing facilities.
- Completed more than a half-billion dollars in construction, supporting every mission of the University.
- Expanded health care through creation of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and a major addition to USA Children's and Women's Hospital, complementing efforts of the USA Medical Center and the physicians and professionals of the USA Health System, who treat more than 250,000 area citizens annually.
- Initiated the first comprehensive fundraising campaign at USA, generating more than $93.5 million to support all missions of the university.
- Became one of Mobile's most powerful economic drivers, employing more than 5,600 people, and adding $2 billion annually to the area economy.
- Doubled its contract and grant research program, achieving the same Carnegie research ranking as Auburn University and the University of Alabama.
- Created the USA Technology and Research Park, employing 600 private sector professionals.
- Made numerous enhancements to the art, history and culture of the Mobile region.
- One of the most visible transformations at the University during Moulton's 47-year tenure has been an ambitious $500 million building program to provide a state-of-the-art atmosphere for learning, and to enhance the quality of student life.
Highlights of campus improvements during the Moulton administration include:
- USA Mitchell Cancer Institute
- USA Children's & Women's Hospital Expansion
- Student Recreation Center
- Shelby Hall (Engineering and Computing Sciences)
- Health Sciences Building (Nursing and Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions)
- Mitchell Center Arena
- Meisler Hall student services building
- University Library addition
- Gordon and Geri Moulton Bell Tower and Alumni Plaza
- Faculty Club
- Specialized Laboratory Building
- Stanky Field Renovation
- Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (Dramatic Arts and Music)
- Mitchell College of Business Renovation
- Joseph & Rebecca Mitchell Learning Resource Center
- JagTran Campus Transit System
- Geri Moulton Children's Park
- Alfred and Lucile Delchamps Archaeology Building
- USA Baldwin County College of Nursing Complex
- Student Dining Facility
- Living-Learning Residence Halls, including Stokes HallCampus Entry Portals
- Intramural Fields and Fieldhouse
- Football Fieldhouse and Practice Fields
- Marching Band Practice Field
- Multi-Use Facility - Track, Softball, Soccer
- Bookstore Renovation
- Student Center Bookstore Mall
- Student Center Renovation
- Renovation of PE Building and Old Recreation Center
- Glass Arts Building
- Sorority and Fraternity Houses
In addition to 47 years of service, the Moultons have supported USA with more than $7 million in gifts toward numerous institutional priorities, including the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza, Geri Moulton Children's Park at USA Children's and Women's Hospital, student scholarships, faculty support, USA's creative writing program, athletics and many others.
Moulton's contributions have been widely praised by the community. He was awarded the Civitan Mobilian of the Year award in 2002, and the Moultons' service was forever commemorated in 2009 with the naming by USA's Board of Trustees of the new landmark Gordon and Geri Moulton Bell Tower and Alumni Plaza.
At USA's 50th Anniversary celebration in May, Mobile philanthropist Abraham Mitchell honored Moulton through the creation of the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, an academic scholarship program funded by a $50 million gift to the University by Mitchell and representing the largest gift ever to an Alabama public university by an individual donor.
Moulton is survived by his wife, Geri (Shelley); a brother, Charles (Rita) Moulton, Albany, Ga.; and a sister, Anne Odom (Donald), Donalsonville, Ga. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gwen and John Curtis Moulton.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative at the University of South Alabama, in care of the USA Office of University Development, 300 Alumni Circle, Mobile, AL 36688-0002; e-mail: email@example.com