The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Distinguished Alumni


Our graduates are everywhere:  scientists, business leaders, stage directors and designers, politicians, archivists, lawyers, broadcasters, clinical psychologists, writers, teachers, physicians, artists, graphic designers, and many, many more!

We first and foremost cultivate in students skills in thought and expression, as well as some more technical skills that apply to careers in the field of the major.  Those broader skill are why so many of our students have unexpected, and still great, careers.

From time to time, we are able to honor one of our former students as a Distinguished Alumnus.  

John R. Roach, 1971
Following service as an Air Force sergeant in Vietnam, John R. Roach worked by day and took classes by night, earning the B.A. in history from Auburn University at Montgomery.  He and his wife were also raising three children at the time.  He went on to study law at The University of Alabama and then moved to Texas.  His distinguished legal career there includes being named Lone Star Prosecutor of the Year by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, serving for four years as a justice on the 5th District Court of Appeals of Texas, and serving as a District Court Judge in Collin County for sixteen years. Especially worthy of note has been his resistance to moving forward with prosecutions because of popular pressure and his willingness to undertake the successful prosecution of a fellow prosecutor for abusing his office.  

Jason T. Quimby, 1994
The son of a Southern Baptist missionary, Jason T. Quimby spent much of his childhood in Spain.  Upon returning to Alabama, he earned the International Studies degree from Auburn University at Montgomery to enhance the language and cultural knowledge he acquired living abroad.  Fluent in Spanish as well as English, he also speaks Italian and Valencian.  Less than two decades after leaving AUM, he became President and CEO of Iberia Tiles, one of the largest independently owned distributors of ceramic tile, marble, and stone in the Southeast.  He also works to serve the community, particularly in programs concerning children.  He serves on the Board of the South Florida After School All Stars, which involves middle school students in after-school athletic and academic programs. Mr. Quimby now lives in Miami, Florida, where he also actively supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  

Tiffany McCord, 1997
Tiffany McCord is the Circuit Clerk for Montgomery County. She holds a B.A. in History from Auburn University at Montgomery and a law degree from Jones School of Law.  She has served as Executive Director for the Montgomery County Bar Association, the first African-American to hold such a position in Alabama.  She was among the youngest attorneys ever selected to serve as Criminal Justice Act panel attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.  McCord practiced law with the Middle District of Alabama Federal Defenders Program, Inc. and subsequently opened her own practice in Montgomery. She is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Capital City Bar Association.

Mark Wilder, 1981
A native of central Alabama, Mark Wilder attended The Wetumpka High School before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Speech with an emphasis in Theatre and Communication, and a Minor in Music at Auburn University at Montgomery in 1981. In 1981, Wilder went to work for WSFA Television where he has served as announcer, weathercaster, producer, Marketing Director, Program Director, Operations Manager and, currently, as Digital Content Manager, and where he has earned an Addy Award and shared in a number of Abby Awards and AP Awards.  Wilder has served on numerous boards of directors of non-profit and charitable organizations in Montgomery.

Foster J. Dickson, 1996, 2008
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Foster J. Dickson earned a B.A. in English and an M.L.A with an emphasis in English at Auburn University at Montgomery.  Since 2003, Dickson has taught Creative Writing at Booker T. Washington Magnet Hhigh School in Montgomery.  He has receiieved a number of awards for his teaching, including being named the 2009-2010 Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Parent Teacher Association of Alabama.  Dickson has published in a variety of genres and venues, and continues to be active in a number of organizations and projects that promote writing and teaching.