FROM THE DESK
OF THE CHANCELLOR
We often speak of the Troy University family to describe collectively our alumni, students, faculty,
staff and friends, but the subjects of the cover story of this edition of the Troy University magazine
are part of a true TROY family. The Guttensohn quintuplets from Montgomery are members of our
2014 freshman class, following a course charted for them in August of 1996.
Sons of TROY alumni Amy and Eric, the Guttensohns—Hunter, Mason, Parker, Tanner and Taylor—
were awarded scholarships at birth. They received nationwide attention as the first set of all-male
quintuplets born in the United States. Read more about this fascinating Trojan family beginning on
Speaking of scholarships, this issue shines the spotlight on many of those who make these grants
possible. Our honor roll of donors provides the extramural funding that enables our University
to award special scholarships, provide opportunities for faculty and students to travel and study
abroad and maintain our facilities on the most beautiful campuses in Alabama. Take time to peruse
this list of Trojans who are going the extra mile to support their University. And, if your name is
not on the list, pleased consider making a gift to TROY. Even a small donation can make a big
difference in the life of your University.
Fall is also the season to honor the members of our Trojan family who have gone above and
beyond the call of duty in support of their alma mater. This year’s roster of honorees is especially
distinguished. Congratulations to our Alumni of the Year:
• Max Davis, class of 1968, of Troy, who is general manager of Southeast Alabama
• Richard Dowling, class of 1973, of Enterprise and owner of Dowling Truck and Tractor;
• Barbara Everett, class of 1986, of Taylor, former member of our Foundation Board of
Directors and spouse of former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett; and
• David March, class of 1980, of Birmingham, who is a project manager with the
It’s also my pleasure to extend congratulations to the winner of our Distinguished Leadership
Award, which we began in 2000 as a way to honor Trojans who have excelled in their chosen
fields. We have honored business leaders, a television journalist, educators and public servants.
This year we honor Steve Southerland, a member of the class of 1987 who represents the Second
Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Southerland is the second
member of Congress to receive this award, as we honored former U.S. Rep. Earl Hutto in 2005.
All of our honorees are true Trojans who deserving our thanks and gratitude for their service to
our beloved University. They honor us by allowing us to honor them!
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.
Troy University had its 10th annual Odyssey
Convocation for new students on Aug. 10 with
alumnus and former tennis standout Mucha
Murapa serving as keynote speaker. A native
of Manchester, England, Murapa represented
the Trojans at two national championships.
Now a digital and social media marketing
consultant, he had a successful career in the
golf and leisure industry in England, and, as a
consultant, his clients have included a South
African resort voted “World Resort of the Year”
and an Irish property voted “European Resort
of the Year” in 2010. He challenged students
to make the most of their experience at TROY.
Dr. Larry Blocher, longtime director
of the John M. Long School of Music,
was appointed to lead the College
of Communication and Fine Arts,
and Dr. Chris Shaffer, director of
the Dothan Campus Library since
2007, was appointed to head Library
Services. Both assumed their new
roles in August.
Dr. Blocher earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree at
Florida State University and completed undergraduate
and graduate degrees in music education at Morehead
State University. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, he was
a professor of music, associate director of the school of
music and director of music education at Wichita State
University. He takes the reigns from interim dean Dr. Don
Jeffrey, who became Vice Chancellor of Global Campus.
Dr. Shaffer completed his
undergraduate studies in history at
Auburn University, earned a master’s
in education from Georgia Regents
University, an education specialist
degree at Albany State University,
a master’s degree in library and
information science at the University
of Alabama and his doctorate in
educational leadership, policy and law from Alabama
State University. He takes over from Dr. Henry Stewart,
who retired in July.
Other administration changes include Dr. Lance Tatum
being named Vice Chancellor at the Montgomery
Campus, Dr. Skip Ames being named interim Vice
Chancellor at the Dothan Campus, and Dr. Mark Tillman
being named interim dean of the College of Health and
TWO APPOINTED AS COLLEGE DEANS
Dr. Larry Blocher
Dr. Chris Shaffer