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Challenges confront new AEA leaders

Staff Report

MONTGOMERY | The Alabama Education Association’s future in the short term is in the hands of a new generation of leaders who will need to take a long-term outlook to keep the organization viable.

Beginning Sunday, new AEA executive secretary Henry C. Mabry, 44, and associate executive secretary Gregory T. Graves, 37, take over from retiring executive secretary Paul Hubbert and associate executive secretary Joe Reed.

Hubbert and Reed joined forces in 1969 and became the most powerful political voice in Montgomery. Mabry has been the AEA’s consultant on financial issues, and Graves was an AEA attorney for Reed.

Athens State University government and public affairs professor Jess Brown said the AEA in the last generation became the “state’s most powerful interest group on Goat Hill.”

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