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About the Author

Author Info

Dr. Mark Fagan earned his B.A. degree in psychology and economics at Alabama’s Jacksonville State University (JSU) in 1974. He earned his masters’ degree in psychiatric social work and his doctorate in social policy, planning, and administration with a doctoral minor in human resources management from the University of Alabama in 1981. He was certified in Rational Emotive Therapy from the Institute for Rational Living in New York City in 1978 and practiced psychotherapy from 1977-79.

Most of his 134 publications and technical writings since 1981 have focused on the economic impact of retirees and retirement places. His publications are in the following categories: books-6; technical publications-48; newsletter/magazine articles-36; newspaper specials-8; technical white papers-6; agency publications-6; bound booklets-12; academic journals-4; websites-3; topic encyclopedias-3; and book chapters-2. 

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 received publicity on 43 TV programs, in 91 magazines/periodicals, and 255 newspapers around the US.

He has been consulted by and quoted in the national media for stories on retirees and retirement places. Some of the media where these stories appeared are The Golf Channel, CBS News, NBC News, CNN News, ABC News, “Good Morning America,” 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, Stars and Stripes, and National Public Radio.

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; 19 articles; 11 professional presentations; 24 news stories; 10 TV programs; and 4 radio programs. 

In 2012, he retired from JSU after 31 years of service where he earned full professor status, taught 13 different courses, and served as Social Work Program Director and Department Head for Sociology and Social Work for 14 years. He was awarded Professor/Department Head Emeritus in 2012.

Fagan has been writing about economic impacts, economic history, and economic development for thirty-five years; his previous books include Attracting Retirees for Economic Development; Retirement Development: A How-To Guidebook; The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail: Its History and Economic Impact; Coastal Alabama Retirement Guide; and Coastal Alabama Economic History. See below for ordering his last three books.


Here is a story in the current Business Alabama Monthly (magazine) about my new book about RSA over the last 46 years. 

My book about RSA is covered in a story in the Alabama School Journal, June 10, 2019. posted an article by me about RSA in 1973 and in 2018. covers the state of Alabama. Click here for the story.

The June 2019 issue of The Advisor (RSA's monthly newsletter for its 358,000 members) has an article on page 2 by me about my new book called Alabama's Public Pension Fund Growth and Economic Expansion Since 1973.

The May 2019 issue of The Advisor has an article on page 2 about my new book on RSA/Dr. Bronner over the last 45 years. 

I spoke on live TV in Montgomery on April 12 about my books and presentation at the Alabama Book Festival.

The Retirement Systems of Alabama featured quotes from me about my book on The RTJ Golf Trail on the front page of their monthly newsletter, The Advisor for March 2019

My two books on Coastal Alabama are featured in The Retirement Systems of Alabama's monthly newsletter which is seen by an estimated 500,000 people each month in the August 2018 issue.

Here is the link to an article about my two books on Coastal Alabama in the Alabama Living magazine which is delivered to 420,000 Alabama families and businesses each month.

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


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.

I was interviewed about my book on the RTJ Golf Trail and the PGA's Barbasol Championship by Alabama Power Company for their website.

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