AEA's Hubbert may retire after 42 years

Dr. Paul Hubbert
Dr. Paul Hubbert

One of the most powerful men in Alabama politics is looking at retirement after leading the Alabama Education Association for 42 years.

Dr. Paul Hubbert said the group's board was meeting Friday in Montgomery to begin developing a process for hiring his replacement. The 75-year-old, who is executive secretary of the group, said his deputy Joe Reed also may step down.

The two have led the school employees' organization since 1969.

Hubbert said Friday no retirement date has been set and that will depend on when the board finds replacements.

Over the years, Hubbert has sprung back from a liver transplant and heart bypass surgery, but he says his age and health are causing him to slow down.

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