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Walt Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa – May 30, 2017

On November 4, 2013, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his third term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor. Since his first inauguration, Mayor Maddox has led initiatives to increase economic development, improve customer service with the implementation of Tuscaloosa 311 and provide quality pre-k education for academically at-risk four-year old children. Mayor Maddox has been nationally recognized for his crisis management following April 27, 2011. In 2012, Mayor Maddox was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County (the publication for state and local governments) for his strong, decisive and comforting leadership. Mayor Maddox is a Tuscaloosa native and graduated from Central High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree from UAB. Mayor Maddox is married to Stephanie Roberts Maddox. He has two children. His favorite hobby is running and he has completed several marathons and half-marathons.

 

Major General Janet Cobb, Ret., Executive Director, USS Alabama Battleship – May 23, 2017

Janet Cobb became the eighth executive director of the USS Alabama Battleship Commission and Battleship Memorial Park on December 14, 2015 at the close of the park’s 50th anniversary year. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1974 and was commissioned as an officer in May 1978 from the University of Alabama ROTC program. She commanded at the detachment, battalion, brigade, directorate, brigadier general and major general levels. Her deployments include post-Desert Storm operations at the Ports of Al Jubayl and Ab Dammam, Saudi Arabia (1991); Operation Iraqi Freedom port operations, Port of Ash Shuyabah, Kuwait (2002-2003); Commander of the 598th Transportation Group (Terminal), the Netherlands (2007), with oversight of military ports in Europe and Africa; and Director, Central Command Deployment & Distribution Operations Center, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (2011). She was mobilized and served in the Pentagon on the Army Staff as Deputy G-4 (2012). Her last assignment was Commanding General, 81st Regional Support Command, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. On August 15, 2016 she retired after 42 years in uniform. Janet Cobb holds an Alabama real estate license (inactive) and worked at Kaiser Realty in Gulf Shores, Alabama from 2005 – 2015 in the real estate development and property management divisions. She is the past Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama in Mobile and is a former radio news director. She is a member of the Navy League (Mobile Council), American Legion Post 99 in Foley and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5658 in Elberta, as well as numerous other organizations.

 

Greg Byrne – UA Athletic Director – May 16, 2017

One of the most acclaimed and respected administrators in collegiate athletics, Greg Byrne was formally introduced as The University of Alabama’s Director of Athletics on January 19, 2017, and officially began his tenure leading the department on March 1. Byrne’s role at Alabama is his third venture at the helm of a major collegiate athletics program. Prior to coming to Alabama, Byrne was Vice President for Athletics at the University of Arizona from 2010-17 and was Director of Athletics at Mississippi State University from 2008-10. With more than 20 years of experience as an athletics administrator, Byrne has fashioned an impressive administrative career hallmarked by consistent success in fundraising, innovative strategies and competitive success with a strong emphasis on academic excellence. As the son of veteran athletics administrator Bill Byrne, one of the nation’s most prominent college sports administrators with 30 years of experience as an Athletics Director, Greg Byrne has been around the enterprise of running successful athletic programs for most of his life. A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Byrne earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1994 and his master’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2009. Byrne is married to the former Regina Misa of Junction City, Ore., and the couple has two sons, Nick and Davis.

 

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