In Memory of Randy Moon

By: Amelia Rose Zimlich | Managing Editor |

Photo Source: JD Byars

Randy Moon, the Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration for Facilities and Construction, died on Friday, Aug. 20, at age 63. Moon joined South in 2010 and managed many projects for the university. Perhaps most notably, Moon played a large role in bringing Hancock Whitney Stadium to South Alabama’s campus.

“In my opinion, it would not exist without him,” said Dr. Joel Erdmann, Director of Athletics. “He was the overseer of the process, from the concept of an on-campus football stadium through an in-depth planning process into design and engineering and, ultimately, the construction stage. He, in essence, acted as the overall manager of the construction project. He was pretty amazing.”

In an email to employees on Aug. 21, Interim President John Smith stated that “a particular hallmark of Randy’s work was his can-do attitude. Randy never met a problem or challenge for which he could not find the right solution, and his customer-service focus permeated all aspects of his work and the work of his teams.”

During his time at the university, in addition to bringing the long-awaited on-campus stadium to life, Moon’s contributions include innovative – and highly efficient – methods of operation and a multitude of important projects that have shaped South’s development.

“Things that we all take for granted – such as renovations, air conditioning, water, electricity and storm preparation – were on Randy’s mind every single day of his career at USA,” Smith stated in his email. “His unique ability to anticipate challenges and needs, and address them before they became problematic, was a critical aspect of USA’s ability to function, operate and fulfill our education and healthcare missions.”

According to Smith’s email, the university is working on plans to honor Randy Moon sometime in the near future “for the tremendous impact he has had on the University of South Alabama.”