J. Barry Mason, 1941-

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J. Barry Mason, 1941-


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Dr. J. Barry Mason, born in Memphis, TN on March 24, 1941, and raised in Louisiana, was the seventh dean of The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1963, and his Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Alabama in 1964 and 1967.

His campus experience spanned more than 40 years, 22 of those as dean. In addition, he served as interim president of the University for a brief period. And he has played a major role in moving the state’s economy forward through his work in preventing the closure of the Rochester Carburetor plant and setting the foundation for the state’s thriving automobile manufacturing industry.

His scholarship and research is nationally known and recognized for excellence, receiving virtually every major award available from the University of Alabama and marketing and management institutes and organizations. Among these are: one of the top 100 marketing scholars in America over the past twenty years – Academy of Marketing Science Educator of the Year – Alabama National Alumni Association Outstanding Commitment to Teaching – Algernon Sydney Sullivan award – and many others. In 1998, he was recognized by the American Marketing Association for his ‘uncommon leadership’ that resulted in turning around the 40,000 plus member national association.

He is a co-founder of the Alabama Productivity Center; and while serving as interim president of the University of Alabama, he led the economic revitalization of ‘The Strip,’ the creation of the “Healthy Campus” initiative and expanded enrollment at the University.

Mason has been active in the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts and is a past president of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. He was on the board of directors of the DCH Regional Healthcare Authority from 1986 to 2007 and served as chairman of the board of the Healthcare Authority for eight years. He serves on the DCH Healthcare Foundation board of directors and is a past Fellow. He also is past president of Challenge 21, a local community initiative established to enhance a program of deliberative dialogue on issues crucial to the future of the Tuscaloosa County area, is past president of Junior Achievement and a past member of the board of the Jack Warner Foundation.

In 2006 he was selected as an inductee into the West Alabama Civic Hall of Fame and recognized as a Pillar of West Alabama by the West Alabama Community Foundation for sustained contributions to the betterment of the West Alabama area. In 2008, Mason was selected as the Tuscaloosa County Citizen of the Year by the Civitan Club. He was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2013.

Material from the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama was used in this description and may be read at: http://www.tuscaloosachamber.com/the-chamber/hall-of-fame-new


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