Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. challenged faculty and staff to commit themselves to changing lives during the University's annual Faculty/Staff Convocation on Friday on the Troy Campus.
Dr. Hawkins' comments marked his 25th address to the convocation since his arrival in 1989.
“My charge to you as we stand on the threshold of a new academic year is this: Commit yourself to change lives," he said. “We have that power and we have that responsibility. Changing lives is the primary mission of a great University."
Marking 25th year milestone in what he called “an exciting journey," Dr. Hawkins noted four eras of change that had impacted the University during his tenure. Those eras included such changes as the transition to Division I athletics, the birth and continued growth of TROY's online programs, the unifying of the Troy State University system under a single accreditation and changing of the name to Troy University, the growth of the University's international programs through the 1-2-1 dual degree program and presences in Vietnam and Malaysia and the establishment of the University's first doctoral program – the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
“Change is a way of life at Troy University, and we must continue to embrace change, to seize the opportunities which result from challenging times," Dr. Hawkins said.
Dr. Hawkins told the gathering that he sees good things ahead for the University.
“Let me tell you what I see at Troy University over the next five years. I see a University that stands on solid ground," he said. “We have never been stronger academically. We have never enrolled better students and we have never had a better qualified faculty and staff. I see a University poised for growth."
That growth, Dr. Hawkins said, would be guided by five principles – the continued implementation and enforcement of the University's “Trojan Way" initiative; leadership development; the expansion of the University's service to students through a “culture of caring;" continued emphasis on preparing students to be globally aware and competitive; and, continued growth of TROY's online programs.
Dr. Hawkins ended the annual convocation by announcing a 3 percent pay increase for University employees effective Jan. 1.