Dr. Roy Aldridge is one of the most beloved professors on campus. Roy has been working to help community members and veterans at A-State for 17 years. Let's get to know the always cheerful and extremely positive PT enthusiast.
Roy Lee Aldridge Jr.
Place of birth:
Des Plaines, Illinois
Wife Stacy Lea, Katie Caroline, Hannah Belle, Leah Mae
Why did you choose A-State?
I decided to join the A-State family after meeting the Dean and the faculty in the Physical Therapy Department. It looked like the perfect place to be.
What makes a good professor?
The ability to listen to the student and help them make their own connection to the topic, to help them find the passion that is physical therapy.
Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?
The faculty at the University of Tennessee where I attended Physical Therapy school, they were welcoming to the wonderful profession that I now do everyday.
What makes for a good student?
One that finds their passion and works toward it daily.
What’s the value of a university education?
It opens a door that may not be achieved otherwise.
What does e3 mean to you?
It mean a trifecta that gives the individual unlimited possibilities.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Find your passion and you can’t go wrong.
If you could teach another field, which one and why?
I would say nursing, they helped create the role that we now know as physical therapy.
What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?
Physical therapist are in the business of watching amazing things happen to our patients.
What are you working on right now?
Powerpoints for the upcoming semester.
Before you retire I want to...
see all three of my girls receive their college degrees.
What music is playing in your car?
Elvis, long live the king.
What is your favorite podcast?
The Golf Channel podcast.
My favorite motion picture is...
The television series I must TiVo...
I really don't have one.
The last book I read for fun was...
Roger Staubach: Captain America.
My favorite trip was...
Hawaii on my honeymoon.
If I could travel anywhere it would be...
Four people I’d take to coffee at The Edge...
Elvis, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and Roger Staubach.
The best advice I ever received was...
"Do your best and I will be proud of you" - my Dad.
My hobby is...
My passion is...
My pro sports team is...
My pet peeve is...
My favorite meal is...
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.
A perfect day is...
playing golf with my dad.
What I like about Jonesboro is...
It’s a great place to raise a family.
Cats or dogs?
English bulldogs, but don’t tell my cat at home.
E-book or hardback?
Beach or mountains?
A beach on Maui, if you please.
Dinner or supper?
Both, I am a fan of eating.
I wish I could...
win the lottery.
Only my friends know I...
am a momma’s boy.
My favorite saying is...
"Find your passion."