Alumni to celebrate 65 years of aviation management program at AU

AUBURN – Alumni of Auburn University’s aviation management program will gather for a reunion Thursday to begin a weekend-long celebration of the 1942 founding of the program at Auburn. Highlights will include a talk by the executive vice president of operations of Continental Airlines, a Saturday morning tailgate party with a silent auction and a pre-game F-16 flyby.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in 125 Lowder Business Building, Mark Moran, Executive Vice President of Operations for Continental Airlines Inc., will talk about his many experiences in the aviation industry.

“We look forward to hosting Mr. Moran and providing our students with a rare educational opportunity to interact with an airline executive who is knowledgeable in both aviation and supply chain-related matters,” said Joe Hanna, Chair of the Department of Aviation and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business.

Moran began his career at Continental in 1994 and was named the corporation’s executive vice president of operations in 2004. He has also served the corporation as vice president of aircraft maintenance; vice president of technical operations and purchasing; and senior vice president of technical operations and purchasing.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Moran speak as part of the College of Business’s Aviation Management Distinguished Visitor Program” said Major General Ted F. Mallory III, (USAFR Ret.). “He brings great experience to share with future leaders in aviation as well as related disciplines like supply chain management.”

Festivities continue on Saturday, Nov. 3, with a tailgate party in front of the Nichols ROTC Building beginning at 10 a.m. Students, faculty, alumni and the public are invited to stop by and bid on silent auction items such as footballs, T-shirts and airline tickets from several major carriers. Funds raised during the tailgate party will help support student scholarships as well as the Department of Aviation and Supply Chain Management’s aviation program.

After the tailgate party, the Alabama Air National Guard will perform a pre-game F-16 flyby with unit aircraft from the 187th Fighter Wing in Montgomery. F-16s are front line fighters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Contact: Dianne Townsend, (334) 844-2342 (
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