TROY – Troy University officials have named retired Air Force officer Associate Dean of First-Year Studies.
Ivan Merritt, an assistant professor in the Institute for Leadership Development and former commander of the University's Air Force ROTC, has already assumed his new role and brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership, supervisory management and administration to the University. He is a recognized expert in teaching, training, mentoring, motivating and leading people to meet their goals.
"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Mr. Merritt's experience and leadership join our Student Success Team," said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year Studies. "His background as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, his role as chair of the Air Force ROTC department here at TROY, and his work as a member of the University's Leadership Institute make Mr. Merritt ideally suited to help our students, especially those who are early on in their Trojan experience. In this new role, he will make significant contributions to our University's efforts at developing and empowering our students."
Prior to joining the University faculty in 2010 as an instructor in Leadership Studies, Merritt served 27 years in the Air Force, including 12 years of teaching physical education and coaching intercollegiate gymnastics at the United States Air Force Academy. In addition to serving as professor of Aerospace Studies and commanding TROY's AFROTC detachment, he was protocol officer at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and was posted in the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also instructed international studies, national security and cultural studies at Air Command and Staff College.
Merritt completed his undergraduate work at Michigan State University, and earned master's degrees from both the University of North Carolina and Air University.