Dr. Richard Arrington Civic Leader and Milean
After graduating in the class of 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Dr. Richard Arrington Jr. went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Detroit and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma before returning to his alma mater in Fairfield as a professor and eventual dean.
Arrington was elected to the Birmingham City Council in 1971. He went on to be elected in 1979 as the city’s first African American mayor. He was re-elected four times before transitioning out of politics in 1999. Arrington’s vision is credited with initiatives that boosted city jobs and revenue while also enhancing the quality of life.