The UAB Department of Government proudly presents "Crisis Leadership: Public Service during Times of Distress" featuring Tuscaloosa mayor and UAB alum Walter Maddox. He will speak on September 26, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Student Center Alumni Theatre.
On May 22, 2017, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his fourth term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor. Since his first inauguration, he has led initiatives to increase economic development, improve customer service with the implementation of Tuscaloosa 311 and provide quality Pre-K education for academically at-risk four-year old children.
Mayor Maddox has been nationally recognized for his crisis management following April 27, 2011, when an EF-4 tornado destroyed 12 percent of the city and severely damaged or destroyed 5,300 homes and businesses. He is currently serving as a fellow with the Program on Crisis Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2012, he was named Municipal Leader of the Year by American City and County (the publication for state and local governments) for his strong, decisive, and comforting leadership.
Maddox is a Tuscaloosa native and graduated from Central High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Public Administration from UAB. While at UAB, Mayor Maddox was a four-year letter-winner on the football team.