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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 137 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-39; 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.


An article by about Identity Fraud made page 1 of The Advisor for November 2019 (RSA's newsletter). 

Here is the link to an article about Dr. David Bronner, CEO of RSA, that mentions with excerpts from my recent book about RSA since Bronner became CEO on 1973. This column goes out to 60 newspapers around Alabama.…/opinion-the-story-of-dr-david…/

An article by me about Long-term Care Costs made page 3 of The Advisor for October 2019 (RSA's newsletter).

An article by me appeared in the Alabama League of Municipalities' Journal for September/October 2019 (page 15). It is titled "How Alabama’s Public Pension Fund (RSA) Enhanced the State’s Economy Over 50 Years."

An article by me about RSA's investments made the front page of The Advisor for September (RSA's newsletter).

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.

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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.

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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