In Memoriam: Percy J. Vaughn, Jr., 1932-2018

Percy J. Vaughn, Jr., the founding dean of Alabama State University’s College of Business Administration, died on October 23. He was 86 years old.

Dr. Vaughn began his professional career with Boggs Academy as a professor of business administration in 1957. He then went on to become an assistant administrator at Flint Goodridge Hospital in New Orleans. From 1959 to 1968, Dr. Vaughn worked as a sales and public relations representative for Jackson Brewing Company. In 1968, Dr. Vaughn was hired as an assistant professor of marketing at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Four years later, he became a part-time instructor and visiting lecturer at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Vaughn began his career with Alabama State University in 1975 where he served as a professor of marketing until 2010. He frequently traveled internationally and used his trips to forge agreements for study-abroad opportunities for Alabama State students. Additionally, he received numerous awards throughout his career, and held various volunteer leadership positions at the regional, national, and international level. In 2014, the university created the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. Accreditation Library to honor Dr. Vaughn’s commitment to delivering quality business education.

Dr. Vaughn held a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, an MBA from Atlanta University, and a doctoral degree in business administration and marketing from Texas Tech University.

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