2014 Chancellor's Fellows

2014 Fellows

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Program Director, Dr. Anthony W. Dixon, Dr. Lynn Boyd, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Dr. Cozetta D. Shannon, Dr. James N. Ortego II, Dr. Jean Michael Martinez


Lynn Boyd is an Assistant Professor in Troy University’s Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Interpreter Training. She earned her B.A. in English (1994) and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Development (1997) from Auburn Montgomery; a few years later, she was awarded an African-American Fellowship from Troy University to earn a doctorate. She attended the University of Alabama and completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education in 2007. She began her employment with Troy University in 1998 and has worked as the Coordinator of Veterans Affairs & Scholarships, the Assistant Financial Aid Director, and the Interim Financial Aid Director. She is a recent graduate of the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a year-long leadership development program for regional leaders that prepares them to collaborate and address the most-pressing issues of the Delta region. In 2008, she was appointed by former Governor Bob Riley to the Black Belt Action Committee and served as Chair of the Families Committee until 2011. She is the immediate Past-President of the Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association and serves on the boards of other professional counseling associations. She has presented her research at regional and national conferences about issues related to group counseling, supervision, and teaching. Lynn is married to Daniel Boyd and has one son, Jordan.
Anthony W. Dixon joined Troy University in 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Sport and Tourism Management at the Troy Campus where he currently serves as the Interim Director of the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management. In 2009, he earned his doctoral degree from Clemson University in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with an emphasis in sport, tourism, and economic development. He earned his Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University with an emphasis in Strategic Management and Marketing (2002) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance (1999) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Dixon serves on the editorial board for Event Management: An International Journal and the Journal of Applied Sport Management. Outside of academia, Dr. Dixon has been a consultant for professional and intercollegiate athletic organizations as well as state and local government agencies. He also serves as Co-Director of Troy University’s HSTM’s Charity Golf Tournament and Children’s Health Field Day. Dr. Dixon is married to Harriet Dixon and is the father of four children, 7 year old Andrew, 5 year old Beth, 3 year old Turner, and 1 year old Graham.
Jean Michael Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management at Troy University’s Phenix City campus where he also serves as the Global Campus Coordinator for the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management. He first joined Troy University in 2009, teaching at the Global Campus location in Columbus, GA, before serving for three years on the Troy Campus. He earned both a B.S. (Sport Administration, 2001) and M.S. degree (Public Relations, 2003) from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. (Human Performance, 2009, emphasis in Leisure and Sport Management) from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to earning his doctoral degree, Michael worked as a marketing and media relations practitioner for an intercollegiate athletics department as well as a non-profit organization; he also served as editor of the Journal of Sport Administration and Supervision. More recently, Michael was named to the 2013-14 Leadership Class for the Phenix City/Russell County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Southern Sport Management Association. He lives just outside of Phenix City with his wife Kim and his three children Kaylee, Emma and Mikey.
James N. Ortego II is an Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Troy University’s Dothan campus where he also serves as the Associate Chair of English. He earned a B.A. (English Literature and Composition, 1993) and an M.A. (British and American Literature, 1996) from the University of New Orleans; a few years later, he earned a Ph.D. (Renaissance and Medieval Studies, 2004) from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. Since beginning his career with Troy University in 2005, James has served on the judiciary panel for the “Yes We Can! Dothan – Speak Out Essay and Speech Contest” as well as the “Excellence in Student Literary Magazines” contest sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). More recently, he served on the editorial board of the academic journal Fifteenth-Century Studies and as an editorial reviewer for various forth-coming publications by Pearson Publishers and Broadview Press. He has also served on the Faculty Support Group for Penguin Publishers, and currently, he is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Wiregrass Writing Project. He presently lives in Dothan with his wife and their four children.
Cozetta D. Shannon is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education as well as the Program Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus. Dr. Shannon completed her B.S. degree at Southern University (2002, Baton Rouge) and her M.S. degree at the University of Memphis (2004). She later earned her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from Michigan State University (2009). Dr. Shannon’s vocational experiences include working as a contract mental health counselor, an assistive technology trainer, and a vocational expert for the Social Security Administration. Her research has examined attitudes toward persons with disabilities, best practices related to multicultural education, and retention issues among students and professionals within the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. She also has a strong interest in the impact of mentoring on the levels of job satisfaction and motivation among rehabilitation professionals and students. She is a member of various professional organizations and believes in the power of networking and collaborating to reach common goals. Dr. Shannon currently resides in Montgomery, Alabama.

2013 Chancellor's Fellows

2013 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Mr. Derrick Brewster, Dr. Bridgette Colaço, Dr. Mary Templeton, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Dr. John Jinright, Dr. Richard (Scott) Nokes, Dr. John Kline, Program Director


Derrick Pernell Brewster is the Assistant Dean of Student Services at Troy University’s Troy Campus. Brewster earned his BS in Recreational Management from Alabama State University and earned his MS in Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University. Brewster has been employed at Troy University since 2000, where he served as the Coordinator of Student Services. Today, Brewster assists with the day to day operations of many Student Services areas including, but not limited to: Student Activities, Event Management, Judicial Services, Recreation and Intramural Sports. He has also been an adjunct faculty member since 2006. Brewster currently serves on the Board of Directors for the local American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Club and he is a key committee member to the African American Leadership Conference. He is married to Michelle Morgan-Brewster and is the father of one child, 11 year old Jayla Chanel Brewster.
Bridgette Phoenicia Colaço is an Assistant Professor in the department of Journalism and Communication at Troy University’s Troy Campus and Graduate Program Officer of the Master’s in Strategic Communication program. She joined Troy University in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Arts from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, her diploma in Advanced Journalism from Thomson Foundation in Wales, U.K., her Master’s in Literature from the University of Calcutta, and her B.A. in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, India. Bridgette has worked as a journalist and journalism educator in India. She is a fellow of the Business Journalism Professors program at Arizona State University. She has presented numerous papers at national and international journalism conferences and in 2011 won the First Place Faculty Paper in the Bob Stevenson Competition of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication. Bridgette lives in Troy and is married to Pritesh Patel.
John William Jinright is an Associate Professor of Music in the John M. Long School of Music. A native of Troy, he earned degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (BA in Music and Business 1984) Troy University (Ms.ED 1992) and Auburn University (Ph.D. 2003). A veteran of the retail music trades, he has trained in audio and post production with some of the leading engineers in the music industry. Dr. Jinright is an accomplished accompanist and regularly performs with community and collegiate ensembles and soloists throughout the year. He is an active member of the Troy Arts Council Board of Directors where he chairs programming and grant writing efforts. He is the organist at First United Methodist Church in downtown Troy. John lives in Troy with his wife Penny, daughters Tessa and Jessica, and grandson Shane.
Richard “Scott” Nokes is an Associate Professor of medieval literature in the Department of English, and currently serves as President of the Faculty Senate. He earned his B.A. from Butler University in 1992, majoring in English and minoring in Political Science, with a concentration in Soviet/Eastern European Studies. He taught English in Korea for two years, and both developed and launched the American Studies program at Klaipėda University in Lithuania. In 2002 he earned his PhD from Wayne State University, and began working at Troy University in 2003. In that time, he won a Fulbright-Hayes award to study the Maya epic in the Guatemala highlands (2003), was a regional finalist for the White House Fellows program (2007), founded Witan Publishing (2011), and has been featured several times in The Chronicle of Higher Education. His crossover work in fan culture has earned him the title “Professor Awesome” among non-academics. Scott lives in Troy with his daughter Roxanna and his son Orion.
Mary Anne Templeton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychology. She attended the University of Alabama where she earned a B.A. in Psychology (1998), M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling (2000), and Ph.D. in Counselor Education (2006). Prior to earning her Ph.D., she was employed by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. Her caseload included individuals who were blind or visually impaired. Mary Anne has worked at Troy University since 2006. She is currently an editorial consultant for the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling and served as the southeastern regional representative for the Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association. She has presented at regional and national conferences about issues related to individuals with disabilities. Her research interests include counselor burnout, teaching self-advocacy, and the use of media in the classroom. Mary Anne lives in Troy with her husband, Dave, and their two sons, Bennett and Carter.

2012 Chancellor's Fellows

2012 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth (Scout) Blum, Olga Casey, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. , Dr. Jan Oliver, Dr. Trellys Riley, James Smith


Elizabeth (Scout) Blum obtained her bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas. While working for several years as a legal assistant at a law firm in Houston, she completed an MA and PhD in American history. Her dissertation, directed by Dr. Martin B. Melosi, investigated the roles of women in environmental activism across the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 2000, Dr. Blum obtained a position as assistant professor with the Department of History at Troy University. In 2006, she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. She teaches a variety of courses, including the American history freshmen surveys, women's history, environmental history, post World War II America, and African American history. She has also been active in online teaching for the department. Her first book, Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class, and Gender in Environmental Activism (Kansas, 2008) was well-received. Dr. Blum is currently working on a manuscript on the messages delivered to children through popular culture sources since World War I. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Blum has served as president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Faculty Development Committee, and a member of the Undergraduate Academic Council, among other committee work. Scout Blum lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with her husband, Sean, and their six-year-old son, Aidan.
Olga Casey is as Technical Services Librarian at the Dothan campus library of Troy University. Born in the Soviet Union, Casey graduated from Electro-technical Telecommunication Institute (Odessa, Ukraine). She originally worked at a research institute pertaining to military industry; and then after the collapse of the USSR, Ms. Casey worked at another research institute under the Telecommunication Administration of Ukraine, mostly in the information and translation department. In 2000, she was awarded the E. Muskie Graduate Fellowship (IREX project) and studied Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University and earned her MLIS degree. In 2008 Olga became a Library Assistant at the Troy University Library in Dothan; since 2009 she has served as Technical Services Librarian. Since 2009, she has also taught the Troy Orientation course and is a member of a Working Group on TROY 1101. Ms. Casey is a member of Sister Libraries Committee of International Relations Roundtable (American Library Association) and maintains a sister-library relationship with the library of Kirovohrad Pedagogical University (Ukraine). Her research interests include collaboration in librarianship and information literacy teaching. Olga Casey is married to Alto Glenn Casey, an IT specialist, and they reside in Slocomb, Alabama near Dothan.
Jan Oliver is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at the Troy Campus. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Troy University, Dothan; her Masters in Elementary Education from Troy University, Dothan; her Educational Specialist from Troy University, Troy; and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn University. Dr. Oliver began her tenure at Troy in 1999 as a Teacher in Residence while completing her Ph.D. Prior to her employment with Troy University she was employed by the Enterprise City School system where she taught third and fifth grades. Jan Oliver is active in the field of elementary education. She is a certified trainer of trainers for AMSTI and a member of the AMSTI Advisory Board. Her involvement with AMSTI has led to the inclusion of AMSTI training in her science methods course allowing students to be certified in Year I training upon finishing the methods course. She also serves on many college and university-wide committees. Her contributions to the profession have led her to Conference presentations locally, regionally and even to Vancouver, B.C. Her grant participation has taken her to the University of Liberia in Africa. Jan Oliver is a native of Enterprise, Alabama. She is married to Greg Oliver, has two grown married children—Ashlynn and Wade Forehand, and Jerad and Kristen Oliver. Jan and Greg Oliver enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren, Mason, Troy, and Caroline.
Trellys Riley is the Interim Chair of Education and Assistant Professor of Education Leadership and Administration at Troy University's Phenix City campus. She earned her B.S. in Secondary Marketing Education, M.S. in Occupational and Adult Education and Ed. D. in Occupational and Adult Education with an emphasis in Education Leadership and Administration from Oklahoma State University. Her background includes being a high school teacher in Oklahoma and Kansas, instructor at Oklahoma State University, and assistant professor at Auburn University. Prior to coming to Troy University she most recently served Talladega City Schools in Alabama for nine years as the school system Secondary Curriculum Coordinator and Director/Principal of the Career and Technology Center. Dr. Riley's research interests include preparation of instructional leaders for career and technical education, and creating high performance learning cultures and goal setting for high school students. Trellys Riley enjoys preparing and sharing professional learning workshops with local teachers and school leaders. Her husband, Michael K. Riley, is an Agriculture Science teacher at Troup High School in LaGrange, Georgia where they reside with a son who in high school and a daughter and son (twins) who are in middle school.
James Smith is the Associate Dean of Student Services at the Montgomery Campus. He has held that position since July 2011 and previously was responsible for the management of the International Program and establishment of the Leadership courses and minor program at the Montgomery Campus. Dean Smith also teaches as an adjunct instructor of Leadership and has been fortunate to serve on the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee and Tobacco Free Campus Committee. Colonel Jim Smith retired from the US Air Force after 28 years of service and after holding various command, operational, training, and staff positions during his career. His final position on active duty was as the Dean of Students at the U.S. Air War College where he was responsible for providing support and services to senior U.S military officers, interagency civilians, and international officers from over 45 countries. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University. Jim Smith resides in Montgomery with his wife Lynette and their seven children.

2011 Chancellor's Fellows

2011 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Deb Gearhart, Denise M. Green, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. , Kimberly Jones, Isabelle Warren


Deb Gearhart is the director of eCampus for Troy University. The eCampus provides twenty two of Troy University's degree programs online. Dr. Gearhart has worked in the field of distance education for 24 years. Previously Deb served as the founding Director of E-Education Services at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota and was there for the 11 years. Before joining Dakota State she spent 10 years with the Department of Distance Education at Penn State, now Penn State World Campus. Deb was an associate professor for educational technology at Dakota State University teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has co-authored at textbook entitled Designing and Developing Web-Based Instruction and edited another publication titled Cases on Distance Delivery and Learning Outcomes: Emerging Trends and Programs, which was released in December 2009. Deb is a master reviewer and trainer for Quality Matters and has done consulting, training, and program review for distance education programs. Dr. Gearhart has earned a BA in Sociology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned a M.Ed. in Adult Education with a distance education emphasis and an M.P.A. in Public Administration, both from Penn State. Deb completed her Ph.D. program in Education, with a certificate in distance education, from Capella University.
Denise M. Green is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Departments of Human Services, Rehabilitation and Social Work, Director of Social Work, and the Director of Bureau of Research, Evaluation, Administration and Development (BREAD) for the College of Health and Human Services. She earned her BS in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Dr. Green is an active contributor to her profession both as a licensed practitioner and a published researcher in the field of social work and social sciences. She has lectured and presented her research internationally in Russia, China and England, and locally in Troy University's College of Health and Human Services Annual Spring Lecture Series. Dr. Green is a member of the University Research Committee, Pan-Hellenic Council Mediator, and University Honors Convocation Committee member. She received an Honorable Discharge and Air Force Longevity Service Award from the United States Air Force. Dr. Green lives on her family's hundred year old farm in Ariton, Alabama with her husband, Thomas.
Kimberly Jones is director of Institutional Research on the Troy Campus. She began her tenure with the University in June 1995, where she began as a Statistical Clerk, then was later promoted to Coordinator of Effectiveness. In her current capacity as director of Institutional Research responsibilities include but are not limited to the coordination and submission of University information such as enrollment statistics, credit hour production and degree completions, etc. to both federal and state agencies as well as other constituents both internally and externally to the Institution. She serves as a member on Troy University's Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Kim also serves as the certifying officer of information submitted for the University through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education's Student and Graduate Database efforts and is a member of the Alabama Association for Institutional Research. She received a B.S. in Computer Science/Business Administration from Troy in 1995 and an M.S. in Counseling and Psychology in 1998 from Troy as well. In her spare time, Kim is also a Targeted Case Manager, a position contracted with the University and the Department of Youth Services (DYS), which allows her to serve as case manager and advocate for the needs of youth who are housed in DYS facilities in both Pike and Henry Counties. Kim is a native of Abbeville, AL, and currently resides in Troy with her husband, Carlos and wonderful children Kennedy age 5 and Karah age 2.
Isabelle Warren is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Troy University's Phenix City campus. Isabelle's holds a B.S. in Secondary Political Science from Auburn University; M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Columbus State University; Ed. S. in Elementary Education from Troy University; and Ed. D. in Youth and Childhood Studies from Nova Southeastern University. Isabelle began her tenure at Troy in June 2006. Her pre-higher education experience was in P-12 public and private school settings for 35 years. She serves on many college and university wide committees. Her interest in research has led her to serve on Troy University's IRB, as a reader for the SCREA research organization and IIC, in addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Intellectbase International Consortium. In the local community she is a member of the Phenix City Rotary, serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross where she is also a CPR/First Aid Instructor and is a member of many other organizations. Isabelle is married to Jack Warren, has two grown children, Jackie and Joe, one son-in-law Andrew, and one grandchild, "The Most Wonderful Catie."

2010 Chancellor's Fellows

2010 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(Front Row: L to R) Dr. Amanda Andrews, Dr. Charlotte Minnick, (Back Row: L to R) Dr. John A. Kline, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ms. Sandy Atkins, Dr. Dan J. Puckett, Mr. Christopher Shaffer


Amanda Andrews is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Athletic Training on the Troy campus. She earned her BS in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her MS in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her PhD in Human Performance with an emphasis in administration and teaching form the University of Southern Mississippi. An active contributor to the profession of Athletic Training, Andrews serves as the District IX representative on the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) student committee, the NATA Research and Education Foundation scholarship committee, planning committee for Student SEATA and as a national accreditation reviewer. She has also had the opportunity to work with athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and has served on the National Exam writing committee. A native Western New Yorker, Andrews lives in Troy.
Sandy Atkins is Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs/Senior Woman Administrator for Troy University. Atkins oversees the 17-sport program, is responsible for programs and support staff, business office, and compliance and academics for the department, including interface with NCAA, SACS and EADA. She works with head coaches to coordinate scheduling, coordination, development and monitoring of budgets for all sports and the overall athletics department budget; assists in formulation, implementation and enforcement of departmental policies; oversees strategic planning for the athletics department; and is second in command for the department. Sandy is a native of Sweet Water, Alabama, and a 1995 graduate of Troy who earned all Conference honors in softball after earning All America honors at Shelton State Community College. Early in her career, Sandy worked with the Northwest Financial group, earned her Master’s in Sport Management from Kentucky and was Assistant Director of Compliance for the SEC.
Charlotte Minnick is an Associate Professor and the Troy University Multi-campus Director of Teacher Education, Accreditation and Certification, with responsibility for national accreditation (NCATE) and state approval of Troy certification programs. Minnick’s holds a BA in English from St. Mary’s University, MA in Curriculum & Instruction from the U of Florida and Ph.D. in Elementary Education from Florida State. Charlotte has held many responsible educational positions in the state of Florida, requiring her to report directly to the Legislature and Cabinet; she initiated student teacher internships in Germany with DoDDs. Charlotte serves on many university and college committees, volunteers at the Public Library and assists with ministry at the Troy Prison. Additionally, she leads the College of Education initial study abroad, and is conducting research on conducting research on “Perceived Problems by Troy’s Student Teachers, How Can We Better Prepare Them.” Charlotte is the proud mother of one son, Matt.
Dan J. Puckett is Associate Professor of History at Troy University’s Montgomery campus. His BS and MAT degrees are from the University of West Alabama (91, 93); his Ph.D. in History is from Mississippi State University (05). Puckett taught eight years in California before returning to Alabama in 2005 to teach European history at Troy. He led a Study Abroad student tour to France in 2009 and will lead a tour to Eastern Europe on the History of the Holocaust in the summer of 2010. He has presented at numerous international conferences and symposia, and published articles on Birmingham’s Jewish community, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks, and Scottsboro. He is finishing his book, The Jim Crow of All the Ages: Adolf Hitler, Race, and Civil Rights in the Heart of Dixie, 1933-1948, which will be published by the University of Alabama Press. Puckett lives in Wetumpka with his wife Heather and daughter Mae.
Christopher Shaffer is director of Troy University’s Dothan campus library. He began his tenure at Troy in August, 2005. He received a B.A. in History from Auburn University (1991), an M.Ed in Social Studies Education from Augusta State University (1998), an Ed.S in Educational Administration from Albany State University (2004), and an MLIS from the University of Alabama (2005). Chris has taught English as a Second Language on two separate occasions in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, and was also a history teacher at the high school level for 8 years. He has received three fellowships from the Goethe Institute (2001, 2003, and 2007), and in 2008 was selected to be a fellow with the Japan Studies Institute at San Diego State University. He is engaged to Amber Williams and has one dog named Max, who is of exceptional character, but questionable breed.

2009 Chancellor's Fellows

2009 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Mr. Marcus Paramore, Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy, Dr. Andrew Cramer, Dr. Greg Skaggs, Mr. Joseph Houghton


D. Andrew Creamer (Andy) is Chair of the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Foundations of Education at Troy University’s Troy Campus. Andy was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his Associates at a community college and his B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. After a stint in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, Andy returned to earn a Masters in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University, a Masters in Counseling from the University of Central Florida, and his Doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. Andy has over thirty years experience as a Mental Health Counselor and Therapist and has a national reputation for working with abused and traumatized children and their families. Andy is the proud father of two adult daughters, Shannon and Kelly.
Joseph (Jay) Houghton currently serves as Florida Director for the Southeast Region of TROY’s Global Campus. He holds a BA degree in French and an MA in Marketing. Prior to joining Troy University, his career took him to 3 states and 4 countries beginning in France where he taught English in the French public school system. He returned to New York where he worked with the Berlitz Language Schools. A transfer within that group led him to Atlanta where he served as School Director for nearly two years. From Atlanta, Houghton moved to Switzerland where he began a long association with the American College. He served the College for 3 years in Switzerland, 4 years in Atlanta and for 17 years in London. During his years with the College, he served as instructor, Director of Student Affairs, Academic Dean and for 16 years as President. Houghton is married to Adrienne Le Brun and they have 3 daughters.
Marcus Paramore is Director of Government Relations for Troy University. He is responsible for oversight of state and federal legislative affairs for the university and also directs the Troy University Political Action Committee. He previously served the university as Director of Development for Athletics and under his direction Troy experienced significant growth in both annual donations and revenue that enabled construction and renovation of new facilities for the Athletics Department. Previously, he worked on the congressional staff of Congressman Terry Everett. Paramore holds a BA in Economics and a MS in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University and he serves as chair of the College and University Governmental Affairs Representatives. He is a member of the Troy Rotary Club, the Business Council of Alabama and was recently appointed to the Board of Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf. Paramore is married to Leigh Ann, a TROY alum, and the couple has two sons, Bradley and Cody.
Candice Howard-Shaughnessy is Assistant Professor and Interim Chair for the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion. She earned her BS. in Physical Education and MS in Foundations of Education from Troy University (96, 98) and a PhD in Exercise Science with a specialization in Motor Development and emphasis in Special Education from Auburn University (03). Shaughnessy serves on many departmental, college, and University committees and provides community service as a board member for the Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf, Pike County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, First United Methodist Church, and the Troy Miracle League. Her research interests include motor skill development in young children, physical activity in elementary children, and the increased performance of skill development in middle school children. In 2006, She was honored with the Ingalls Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award. Shaughnessy lives in Troy with her husband, Richard (Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Troy University Athletics) and her 14 year-old Chihuahua, Abu.
Greg Skaggs is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design. Before coming to Troy, he taught graphic design at Southern Arkansas University. Greg is an active artist and has shown his work throughout the United States. Notably, he was selected to show in New American Drawings in Santa Fe, and Drawing on Alabama 2007 in Auburn. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the SECAC group show at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans. Skaggs is also a member of IC3, developing projects with Halmstad University, Sweden. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Wiregrass Museum of Art and on the Board of Directors for the Troy Arts Council. Greg holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and Art Education, and an MFA in Painting from the University of Oklahoma. Skaggs and his wife, Carrie, have two children: Kalyn, fifteen and Abbie, thirteen.

2008 Chancellor's Fellows

2008 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Dr. Bernita Hamilton, Dr. Stephen Cooper, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Dr. Joe Reynolds, Mr. Keith Seagle, Mr. Herb Reeves


Stephen Cooper is professor of English at Troy University on the Troy campus where he teaches courses in American, Southern, and African American literature as well as a course on the modern novel. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Politics of Ernest Hemingway and of journal articles and conferences papers on a number of modern American writers. His most recent scholarship has focused on the literature of the American West. Since coming to Troy in 1985, he has served on the Faculty Advisory Council, on the Chancellor’s Fellowship Committee, and as Mortar Board advisor. His wife Jan is a Troy alumna and adjunct professor in the political science department. He has three sons and two daughters, ranging in age from 10 to 23 years.
Bernita Hamilton is director and professor of the Troy University School of Nursing located on both the Troy and Montgomery campuses. She received her BSN and MSN from the UAB and her PhD in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She rejoined the nursing faculty at TROY in 2000 after serving nine years as a member of the nursing faculty at Georgia Southern University where she taught obstetrical and pediatric nursing courses. Her research interests include health promotion in children, caring and delegation. Bernita has served in various leadership positions and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, the American Nurses Association, and the National League for Nursing. She recently was project evaluator for the Healthy Schools Healthy Kids program in Pike and Bullock Counties. Bernita and her husband, Bob, live in Greenville, Alabama, and have two children, Jennifer and Taylor.
Herbert Reeves is Dean of Student Services at Troy University’s Troy Campus. Reeves received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from TROY in 1984 and his M.S. in Counseling and Psychology from TROY in 2004. Reeves has served in the Student Services Office since 2000, first as Assistant to the Vice President and now as Dean. Prior to that, he served in several capacities in the Housing and Residence Life Office. Today, Dean Reeves supervises many Student Services areas including, but not limited to: Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, Recreation and Intramurals, Campus Safety and Security and Student Activities. Reeves is a member of several national organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Association of College Auxiliary Services, and Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. He also serves as co-chairman of the Alabama Special Olympic summer games held each year in Troy.
Joe Reynolds coordinates the Adult and Postsecondary Education programs at Troy University’s Montgomery campus. Reynolds earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the USAF Academy; his MS in Telecommunications Science from the University of Colorado; an EdS in General Education Administration from Troy; and his EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Auburn. Reynolds spent 22 years in the Air Force as a Communications Engineer and then as an educator and platform instructor at the Air Command and Staff College. He also lectured at other Air Force courses and developed materials for several USAF coursebooks. Joe retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2003. In his extra time he coaches the Prattville Flying Fish Swimming team and assists with the Montgomery YMCA Barracudas. He is married to Mary-Heather (Camp) Reynolds and is the father of nine children, ages ranging from 6 to 22.
Keith Seagle is the director of Counseling and Career Services at Troy University’s Dothan Campus. Seagle earned his B.A. in Psychology as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of South Alabama in 1978 and went on to serve as a U.S. Army officer. He earned a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from TROY in 1994 and served as a substance abuse therapist until joining the Dothan Campus staff 1997 as the Student Support Service Counselor. In 2001 he was honored as the Alumni of the Year for the Dothan Campus and promoted to his current position. Seagle is a Licensed Professional Counselor actively involved in the Dothan community. In 2007 he was elected to the Dothan City Commission where he serves District 6. Seagle and his wife, Deborah, have two children. Scott, is a 2005 Magna Cum Laude graduate of TROY.

2007 Chancellor's Fellows

2007 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Dr. Maureen Hannay, Dr. Marty Olliff, Jerry Johnson, Sohail Agboatwala, Dr. Jeff Spurlock, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.


Sohail Agboatwala is director of auxiliary services and student activities for Troy University with responsibility for operations including bookstores, post office, golf course, transaction and identification card systems and many other facilities and student activities. Agboatwala earned his B.S. in Economics in 1991 and Masters in Business Administration in 1993 from TROY. From 1991-2004, he worked with the University’s athletics department, instituting many initiatives including an academic support program for student athletes and a football television program. Agboatwala is a 2004 graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and is active in various academic and civic organizations in the Troy community. He has lived in Troy since his arrival from India in 1988. Agboatwala and his wife, Cissy, have an 8-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.
Maureen Hannay is an associate professor of management/human resource management at Troy University. She received her B.A. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Hannay earned her Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Ph.D. in Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto (Canada). Prior to entering academia she worked as a human resources manager in both the oil and banking industries. She has published in numerous professional journals and presented at both national and international conferences. Her research interests include the application and assessment of management principles in the workplace, along with the growing role of online learning in higher education. She was elected Faculty Member of the Year in University College of Troy University in 2002-2003. Hannay and her husband Mike reside in Panama City Beach, FL.
Jerry Johnson is chairman of the Department of Art and Design at TROY and has previously taught at both Oklahoma State University and Southern Arkansas University where he was also chairman of the Department of Art for nine years. Johnson’s B.A in graphic design and Master of Education in art education are from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. His M.F.A in graphic design is from Louisiana Tech University. He exhibits analog and digital works of fine art in national and international juried exhibitions, manages a growing academic department, is a sought after consultant in industry, speaks at national and international conferences, has won numerous ADDY awards and is recognized nationally for his excellent design work. He recently received a grant to develop an International Collaboration and Creativity center at TROY. Johnson and his wife, Lana, have two children: Aaron, who is a senior at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, and Nikki, who is a freshman at TROY.
Marty Olliff is director of the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture and associate professor of history at Troy University and in 2006 served as interim directory of the University’s library on the Dothan Campus. Olliff earned his B.S. in Education in 1976 and M.A. in European History in 1979 from Auburn University. He worked as a cook and chef in Oregon until 1992 when he returned to Auburn, completing his doctorate in American History in 1998. He became assistant university archivist in 1996 and taught classes at Columbus State University before accepting his current appointment in 2002. He is past president of the Society of Alabama Archivists and Alabama Association of Historians. He also serves on the board of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, and the Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. Olliff and his wife, Liz, have three daughters.
Jeff Spurlock, a native of Nashville, TN, received his B.A. in Broadcasting from Western Kentucky University, his M.S. in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi. For 15 years, Jeff was an award winning news anchor, reporter, producer and managing editor at television stations in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. He joined Troy University’s Hall School of Journalism as a broadcast journalism professor in 2001. In addition, Jeff serves as chairman of the University’s Undergraduate Academic Council and the Athletics Advisory Committee. He is married to the former Amy Yoder (a nursing professor at TROY), and has four children, Stephanie, Jeb, Bobby and Sam.

2006 Chancellor's Fellows

2006 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. John Kline, Mr. Brian Helms, Mr. Scott Farmer, Dr. Iris M. Saltiel, Ms. Pricilla B. Washington, Dr. Dabney McKinzie, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

2005 Chancellor's Fellows

2005 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(Front Row: L to R) Dr. Robin Bynum, Dr. Sallie J. Johnson, Dr. Sandra M. Harris, (Back Row: L to R) Mr. Robert "Bob" Willis, Dr. John Kline, Dr. Lance E. Tatum

2004 Chancellor's Fellows

2004 Chancellor's Fellows Group Photo

(L to R) Dr. David Barham, Dr. Judy McCarley, Dr. John Kline, Ms. Catherine Allard, Mr. Sidney "Buddy" Starling, Mr. Bai King

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