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Dr. Moulton: Colleague & Friend
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) It's hard to go anywhere in Mobile and not know the name Gordon Moulton or the many accomplishments that come with the name.
To many, Gordon Moulton was a leader's leader; a man with great vision whose wisdom made an idea come to life.
Moulton was all of those things to Dr. David Stearns, but most of all, he was a friend.
"He was there for you, with you in the trenches," Stearns said.
It's a relationship that developed more than 30 ears ago.
"Both he and Geri were very kind people who gave back of themselves one hundred-fifty percent to the university."
Moulton first joined the University of South Alabama in 1966 at a faculty member in the College of Business. He would become the school's 2nd president in 1998. It was a 15 year career which included more than a half billion dollars in construction.
Under Moulton's leadership the Mitchell Cancer Institute opened and the Children's and Women's Hospital underwent a major expansion.
Enrollment at South Alabama rose to record numbers whil Moulton was president.
He was also a driving force behind the development of the school's football program.
Ironically on the day he died, the Jaguars were on a national stage, playing against the University of Tennessee. But Moulton was held on a higher platform: the heart of an entire community.
"Not only the university, but Mobile and the region and state have been blessed by what [Moulton] was able to achieve as president of the University of South Alabama over the last 15 years," Stearns added.