Earth Sciences Graduate Receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Congratulations to Bill and Mary Moran, recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Bill Moran graduated with a degree in political sciences in 1972, and Mary received her degree in geology in 1973. At the alumni reception February 6th, the couple shared some of their favorite memories from times at TTU.

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TTU President Phil Oldham presents the 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award to Bill and Mary Moran. [Photo courtesy of TTU Photo Services.]

 Quoting from this Tennessee Tech press release:

Bill Moran spent most of his life raising money to help fund health care for those in need. He was the president of St. Vincent’s Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama, for nearly 30 years. He has been, since 1977, a key member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

He was born in Albany, Kentucky, and lived there until he enrolled at the University of Kentucky. After two years, he transferred to Tennessee Tech.

At TTU, Bill Moran participated in student government and ROTC. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and chairman of All-Sing, a singing competition.

Bill began his fundraising career in Tennessee. He helped to found the state chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1980 and served as chapter president in 1984. A few years after he moved to Birmingham, Bill was named the Alabama chapter’s 1988 outstanding fundraising professional.

Since 2002, Bill has served as board member and treasurer of the association’s foundation.

Bill and Mary met while running for student senate. Both were campaigning for the same position: student senator of the College of Arts & Sciences. Both won and they married in 1971.

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in geology in 1973 and a master’s from Vanderbilt University in 1977.

She worked as a hydrologist with the water resources division of the U.S Geological Survey from 1974 to 1977. She worked to assess geothermal resource areas in 1977 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

As a low-level radioactive waste program manager for the Department of Energy, Mary travelled to the Nevada Test Site, Savannah River National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and the Hanford Site.

Mary was a founding partner of Gallet & Associates in 1987, a multi-state engineering and environmental consulting firm. She helped write licensing legislation, and was appointed by the governor to the first Alabama board of licensure for professional geologists. She holds professional licenses in a number of states.

Mary was a member of the College of Arts & Sciences board of visitors, an advisory group that meets to build community and financial support for the college. At TTU, she was a member of the sorority Phi Mu and president of the geology club.

Together, the pair has created a scholarship endowment for Kentucky students studying in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The Morans have lived in Birmingham for 30 years. They have one daughter, Alice.

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