October 14, 2014 08:23 PM
It is with a heavy heart that the Alabama Education Association (AEA) mourns the death of former Executive Secretary Dr. Paul R. Hubbert. Hubbert, who led the AEA for more than four decades, passed away today in Montgomery at the age of 78.
A native of Hubbertville in Fayette County and a graduate of Florence State College (now the University of North Alabama) and the University of Alabama, Dr. Hubbert directly impacted every major piece of education legislation for 42 years. During his tenure, teacher's salaries grew from $4,800 to more than $48,000 and excellent retirement and health insurance benefits were secured for all Alabama teachers, administrators and support professionals.
"Our deepest condolences are extended to Mrs. Hubbert, their children and grandchildren," said AEA Executive Secretary Henry C. Mabry. "No one knows more than they how much Dr. Hubbert devoted his life to the service of the men and women working in Alabama's public schools. Dr. Hubbert was a great fighter for Alabama public schools and all public school children of this state."
As a lasting legacy to their commitment to the teaching profession and public education, Dr. and Mrs. Hubbert dedicated the proceeds of their entire estate to the University of Alabama College of Education to provide scholarships for students pursuing certified teaching degrees. The Paul and Ann Hubbert Endowed Scholarships are awarded to Alabama residents who require financial assistance to attend college and who share the same dream as Dr. and Mrs. Hubbert - a great public school for every Alabama child.