Michael Bailey McCartney was born in Gadsden, Alabama on April 2, 1934.
He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1952 and in 1957 he received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama Polytechnic Institute in Auburn.
While attending Auburn, Mr. McCartney served two years as President of the student chapter of A.S.C.E. He was also a member of S.A.E. Fraternity. During his stay at Auburn he developed a love for the University that has continued to last.
After graduation from Auburn, he worked with the Florida State Road Department as an engineer in training and then as a project engineer. He then went to work for Cone Brothers Contracting Company of Tampa, Florida as Superintendent in charge of asphalt plants and all asphalt construction.
In 1962, McCartney was convinced to return to Gadsden by his father, he joined McCartney Construction Co., Inc. and Calhoun Asphalt Co., Inc.
During the decade of the 60’s the two companies were growing and participated heavily in the Interstate program. During this period they were involved in paving I-59 as it passed from Birmingham to Chattanooga and the building of Neely Henry Dam. They also were a prime contractor in the construction of the rest areas on I-59, located at the St. Clair County line. The company played major roles in many highway construction projects and today Mr. McCartney serves as President to both companies.
During his construction career he has been an active participant in the road building industry.
In 1974, he served as President of the Alabama Asphalt Pavement Association and in 1975 he served as President of the Alabama Road Builders Association.
He currently serves as the Alabama Director for the National Asphalt Pavement Association and has for the past 20 years. He also serves as a Director of The Road Information Program (T.R.I.P.)
McCartney played a significant role in bringing the National Center for Asphalt Technology to Auburn and has been a member of the center’s board since its inception. The Center had become internationally known as the premier research institution focused on hot mix asphalt.
During his tenure, N.C.A.T.’s annual budget grew from $300,000 to more than $2,000,000. The industry it serves is responsible for more than $11 billion in annual revenues.
In 1979, he was appointed to a twelve year term on the Auburn Board of Trustees by Governor Fob James and in 1991 he was appointed to another twelve year term by Governor Hunt. He served 14 years on the Board and during his terms served as Chairman of the Budget and Athletic Committees.
In 1988, he was elected President Pro Tem of the Board, a position he held until 1993. He received numerous honors from Auburn, including a chapter honor membership from Chi Epsilon, the distinguished Auburn Engineer Award and Auburn’s highest honor, a Doctor of Science Degree (Honoris Causa).
McCartney has a strong sense of civic responsibility and has served his community in numerous capacities.
Among these include his service as a Director of the Gadsden Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Planning Commission and currently on the Board of Directors of the Wachovia Bank of Etowah County. He has also served as Captain of the Gadsden Quarterback Club.
He is active in his church and has served as a member of the Board for the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the church.
Michael B. McCartney is a leader in advancing engineering technology within the state of Alabama and nationally and in 1998 was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and served as chairman for two years.
His efforts over the last 35 years have directly impacted millions of Americans using our nation’s roadways.
Mike and his wife Jane reside in Gadsden, Alabama; they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.