MARION, AL –Marion Military Institute (MMI) is proud to announce a new aviation partnership with Auburn University (AU). On Nov. 8, AU President Dr. Christopher Roberts hosted a signing ceremony on campus for the new Aviation Student Matriculation Agreement, effective January 1, 2024. This agreement will allow MMI to act as a feeder school for AU’s Professional Flight and Aviation Management programs. By taking appropriate classes identified in the state’s STARS system, MMI graduates can seamlessly transfer to AU with standing as a junior. Apart from the approved transfer curriculum and having earned a minimum 2.5 GPA, candidates must have obtained their Private Pilot’s License while at MMI.

“This new aviation program transfer agreement with Auburn University, along with our new partnership with a flight training provider, will now allow MMI to finally realize our vision of a formal MMI aviation program to produce pilots and aviation professionals to help meet the needs of the civil aviation sector,” noted MMI President COL David Mollahan, USMC (Ret).

MMI, the nation’s oldest military junior college, operates its own extracurricular FAA-sanctioned Flight Training Program, offering both military and civil aviation tracks, whereby cadets can earn up to an FAA commercial pilot’s license. Learn more at

Photo: MMI President COL David Mollahan, USMC (Ret) and AU President Dr. Christopher Roberts, front and center, sign an Aviation Student Matriculation agreement in Auburn. Also present (front row, left to right) were David Ivey, MMI Chief Academic Officer; and AU Trustee Jimmy Rane; (back row, left to right) MMI’s Suzanne McKee, Chief of Staff; MMI Trustee James Rane; AU’s Dr. Jason Hicks, Dean and Professor; Dr. Vini Nathan, Provost; Dr. Jim Witte, School of Aviation Director; Captain Willie Billingslea, USN (Ret), Aviation Instructor; and Dr. Jim Birdsong, Aviation Program Coordinator.