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About the Author

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Mark Fagan earned his doctorate in social policy, planning, and administration with a doctoral minor in human resources management from the University of Alabama in 1981. He retired from Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Alabama with 32 years which included teaching 13 different courses, serving as Social Work Program Director and Department Head for Social Work and Sociology for 14 years, and serving as a Consultant to JSU's Center for Economic Development for 23 years. He was released half-time from JSU to assist The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to develop the Alabama Program to Attract Retirees. He assisted JSU with hosting the American Association of Retirement Communities for several years. He was awarded Professor/Department Head Emeritus in 2012.

He has coordinated four Governor's Conferences, made 65 major presentations, and 103 minor presentations around Alabama and the nation about retirees and retirement. He has assisted The Retirement Systems of Alabama since 1992 with The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. This work included negotiations for 3 sites; projected economic impact studies for 5 sites and access roads for 4 sites; booklets on RSA’s 2 resort communities; 24 articles; 11 professional presentations; 24 news stories; 10 TV programs; and 4 radio programs. 

Most of his 182 publications and technical writings since 1981 have focused on the economic impact of retirees, retirement places, and economic history. His publication categories are books-7; technical publications-48; newsletter/magazine articles-71; newspaper specials-8; technical white papers-6; agency publications-6; bound booklets-12; academic journals-4; websites/Facebook Series-4; topic encyclopedia entries-18; and book chapters-2. His seven books are Attracting Retirees for Economic Development; Retirement Development: A How-To Guidebook; The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Its History and Economic Impact with a Foreword by David G. Bronner; Coastal Alabama Retirement Guide; Coastal Alabama Economic History; and Alabama's Public Pension Fund Growth and Economic Expansion Since 1973; and The 60 Commercial Buildings Developed by The Retirement Systems of Alabama.

He has been consulted by and quoted in the news media for stories on retirees and retirement including 43 TV programs, 92 magazines/periodicals, and 258 newspapers around the US.  Some of the national media in which Fagan appeared include The Golf Channel, CBS News, NBC News, CNN News, ABC News, “Good Morning America,” National Public Radio, U.S. News and World Report, Governing, Time, The AARP Bulletin, New Choices for Retirement Living, Where to Retire, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Money, Business Week, Mature Outlook, Golf Digest, Smart Money, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and Stars and Stripes.

For details on his publications and books, visit https://www.facebook.com/booksbyMarkFagan. See the book icons below for ordering his last three books. 


I was honored to be included in an article by Business Alabama Magazine (July 2020) "A LEADERSHIP DIARY FROM CHALLENGING TIMES." Dr. Bronner (CEO of RSA) and I were included from RSA along with 14 others from around Alabama. Here is the link on RSA's website (Read more

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I was interviewed about my book on the RTJ Golf Trail at Grand National during the PGA's Barbasol Championship by The Golf Channel.

I spoke at the Alabama Book Festival about my four books about Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama in April 2019. Here is a link to the TV story. http://www.wsfa.com/video/2019/04/12/alabama-book-festival-set-this-weekend/

I was interviewed about my book on the RTJ Golf Trail and the PGA's Barbasol Championship by Alabama Power Company for their website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhvlO4lQe8I&t=5s

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