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Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. inducted into Alabama Academy of Honor

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, was inducted on Monday, Oct. 24, into the Alabama Academy of Honor during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Established in 1965, the Academy bestows honor and recognition upon living Alabamians for their outstanding accomplishments and services to the state and the nation. Membership is limited to 100 distinguished Alabamians and all of the state’s living governors. In the course of the Academy’s history, more than 260 members have been elected, recognizing men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of achievement. Inducted along with Dr. Hawkins during today’s ceremony was Claude B. Nielsen, chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED, Inc.

“I am truly honored,” Dr. Hawkins said of the induction. “I tell often our faculty and staff at Troy University that the most important thing we do is serve students. We go to work every day trying to add value to their degrees. I’m hopeful that today, after 27 years at TROY that the degree is worth more than it was 27 years ago. Therein is the benefit – to change lives and to make a difference. I think that is what the Academy of Honor represents.”

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