Troy University Chancellor discusses plans for Dothan Campus

Posted: Tuesday, 09 June 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University is taking steps to increase the number of academic programs offered at its Dothan Campus, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, told members of the Dothan-Houston County Rotary Club Tuesday at the Dothan Country Club.

Dr. Hawkins, who has served as the University’s Chancellor since 1989, said the vision for the Dothan Campus is “expanded service through expanded academic offerings.” He said the University is in the process of requesting permission from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education to bring the bachelor’s degree of nursing to Dothan. This program will complement the associate degree in nursing offered by Wallace Community College.

The Dothan Campus has enrolled more than 23,000 students since 1974 and has awarded bachelor’s or master’s degrees to approximately 11,500 students. The Chancellor pointed out that more than 22 percent of Houston County residents hold the bachelor’s degree, which compares favorably with the Alabama average of 19 percent.

More than 250 community events are held on the Dothan Campus each year, many of them free of charge, which underscores TROY’s willingness to contribute to the communities it serves, Dr. Hawkins said. TROY also donated recently two acres of land to the City of Dothan as the site of a new water tower, further evidence of the strong “town-gown” relationship.

Service to K-12 public education is also a top priority, as the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium, a division of the University, provides training to area teachers. Last year, 40 math and science teachers from the Dothan area received training through the consortium.

Dr. Hawkins said the future is bright for Troy University and the Dothan Campus. Plans are in the works for a new academic building for Dothan, which will enable the campus to increase its academic offerings. The University will offer its first doctoral program—the Doctorate in Nursing Practice—this fall, which opens up new avenues for service.

“We will continue to explore creative partnerships in Dothan and Houston County,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “Troy University enjoys a longstanding tradition of service to the Wiregrass and we will continue to build on that tradition.”