M. Cecil Mackey

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Maurice Cecil Mackey, Jr. ("Cecil") (January 23, 1929 – February 8, 2018) was president of University of South Florida from 1971 to 1976, president of Texas Tech University from 1976 to 1979, and president of Michigan State University from 1979 to 1985.

Prior to these academic posts, he was director of the Office of Policy Development for the Federal Aviation Agency, director of the Office of Transportation Policy for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and assistant secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Mackey held a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois where he focused on economic theory, the history of economic thought, and the relationship of government to business and finance in economics. He also held a law degree from the University of Alabama and studied postgraduate law at Harvard University.

He later was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University, where he taught online and hybrid courses in comparative economics, macroeconomics and general business law as well as focused-topic film study courses for the English department. Mackey is assisted in his coursework by long-time Michigan State University research assistant Sam Fleischer. Under Mackey's supervision, Fleischer was Michigan State's first-ever "cyber" or "virtual" teaching assistant (1999), in terms of physically residing out of the region while assisting with hybrid course instruction online.

Mackey previously taught at the United States Air Force Academy, University of Alabama, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, and Florida State University. He died February 8, 2018.[1][2]

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, June 10, 2019


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