Longtime Phenix City Campus leader Dr. Curtis Pitts retires

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2010

PHENIX CITY—Dr. Curtis Pitts, the founding administrator of Troy University’s Phenix City Campus, has retired as vice chancellor after a career of more than 30 years.

Dr. Pitts led the Phenix City Campus since 1976, guiding it to become one of the leading providers of higher education to non-traditional students in east Alabama.

“Troy University owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Pitts for his many years of service and exemplary leadership,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University chancellor. “The continued growth and success of the Phenix City Campus has been due in large part to Dr. Pitts’ vision and dedication to meeting the needs of students in the Chattahoochee Valley.”

Highlights of Dr. Pitts’ tenure at the Phenix City Campus include successful fundraising campaigns, the construction of three academic buildings and the development of the “live class on tape” distance learning program. Dr. Pitts also launched the campaign to build an academic building on the Phenix City Riverfront as part of a dynamic downtown development vision.

Dr. Pitts was injured in an automobile accident in May of last year and continues to recover at a hospital in North Carolina.

Prior to his career at TROY, Dr. Pitts was a decorated U.S Air Force officer and fighter pilot who was a recipient of a Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Barry Goldwater “Top Gun” Award.

Dr. Pitts earned a bachelor’s degree in business from TROY in 1976. He earned an M.B.A from Georgia State University in 1978 and a doctorate in education administration and leadership from Auburn University in 1982.

Dr. Curtis Pitts