Alumni of the Year
Accomplished alumni to be reconized at Homecoming 2014.
Richard Dowling is owner of Dowling Tractor Company of Enterprise and has served on the
National Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 20 years. A Lifetime Member of
Association, he is also one of its past-presidents and a past member of the Troy University
Foundation board of directors.
A 1973 business administration graduate, Dowling serves on the board of directors of the
Enterprise YMCA, is a past-president and board member of the Enterprise Quarterback Club and
has served on the board of directors of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has
served on the board and as president of the Enterprise Country Club.
A member of First Baptist Church, Dowling and his wife, Nan, also a TROY graduate, have two
sons Warren and Matt – themselves alumni of the University, marking four generations of the family
who have graduated the University.
Dowling has been heavily involved in Trojan athletics and is a member of the Trojan Warrior Club,
the Trojan Wheels Club and was a member of the steering committee to move the University
into Division 1 athletics. He also led the effort to renovate the Quad and served three times on
University naming committees, the culmination of which came in ‘04 when Troy University became
the institution’s official name.
A Trojan supporter through and through, a classroom in Bibb Graves Hall is named in honor of his mother, a longtime educator
who’s first job came in the one-room school house at China Grove. He was also instrumental in naming the College of Education
building in honor of Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr.
Max Davis is general manager and chief executive officer of South Alabama Rural Electric
Cooperative. He currently serves on the board of directors of Power South Energy Cooperative,
the Alabama Rural Electric Association, the Pike County Economic Development Board and the
Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm City Committee.
A 1968 business administration and marketing graduate, Davis was inducted into the business
fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and began work at South Alabama Electric Cooperative in member
services. From 1972-1981, he worked for Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Greenville before being
named to his current position in 1982.
Committed to his community and University, Davis has consistently supported community
initiatives and is involved in the Pike County Humane Society, Relay for Life and the Heart
Association. He was instrumental in organizing a Trojan Athletics Corporate Sponsor by recruiting
other electric cooperatives and Power South as one Touchstone Energy sponsor, has sponsored
corporate donations to the cheerleaders, marshalled the Touchstone Energy tent at all home
games and through his sponsorship of WKMX’s broadcast during home football games.
A member of the Pike County Alumni Chapter, Davis has supported baseball, tennis, golf and
softball teams, as well as the Sound of the South. He has actively supported numerous University-wide fund raising initiatives.
He and his wife, Arlene, reside in Troy and have one son Chris and daughter-in-law Tracy Davis – both alumni of the University.
David Marsh is project manager in Southern Company Operations – Regulatory Compliance,
and has been employed by Alabama Power/Southern Company since 1982. He has held various
management-level positions in supply chain management, corporate services and power
generation. In his current role, he leads federal compliance programs.
A 1980 graduate of the Sorrell College of Business, Marsh earned a Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration in marketing. While in school, he was a secretary and president of Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity and served as chancellor of Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business
fraternity. He was an executive senator at large and clerk of the Student Government Association,
served as president of the Interfraternity Council and held membership in honorary organizations
Omicron Delta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi. He was also a member of the Argonauts Society, the
University’s leadership society.
In 2009, he was elected president of the National Alumni Association, having been first elected
to its board of directors in 2002. While president, Marsh established the vetting process for
Distinguished/Honorary Alumni of the Year, initiated a strategic planning process and coordination
with University senior leadership on common initiatives and goals, and established the Young
Alumni Council. Marsh was also instrumental in the development of the Association’s “Road to 500”
lifetime membership campaign and implemented a chapter recognition program.
He is a charter member, past-president and past chapter adviser of the Greater Birmingham Alumni Chapter, and Marsh will
lead the newly established Troy University Alumni Leadership Council, consisting of former National Alumni Board presidents and
Alumni Board members.
A native of the Wiregrass region of Alabama, Barbara Everett’s background includes a mix
of entrepreneur and educator. She has given 20 years of her life to the business of running
newspapers with her husband, former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett. From 1986 to 1990, she served
as counselor and director for two self-help educational programs, including the Career Training
Program for Displaced Homemakers, and the Tutorial Assistance Program for High Risk College
Students, both at Enterprise Ozark Community College.
Barbara Everett served as founding president of the Coffee County Family Services Center, and
also founding co-chair of Habitat for Humanity in Coffee County, and remains board member
emeritus. She has served on the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Southeast
Alabama, the Enterprise Ozark Community College Foundation, and the Troy University
Foundation, and is a past member of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System State Advisory
Council. She was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley to serve on The Governor’s Commission on
Efficiency, Consolidation, and Funding, and serves on the Alabama Women’s Commission.
Appointed in 2003 by Gov. Riley, she served as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force to
Strengthen Alabama Families.
Barbara Everett graduated from Rehobeth High School, and in 1984, received an associate of
arts degree from Enterprise State Junior College. In 1986, Everett earned a bachelor of science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in
sociology and psychology from Troy University, and in 1988, completed her master’s degree in counseling and psychology from
the University’s Dothan Campus. Today, Barbara and Terry make their home in Rehobeth.
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.)
has been a leader for north and
northwest Florida, owning and
operating a local small business
and taking an active role in his
community long before his election
A 1987 business management
graduate, Southerland was first
sworn into Congressional office
on January 5, 2011. Today, Rep.
Southerland serves on the House
Committee on Natural Resources
and the House Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure.
In Congress, Rep. Southerland
has stood up to both parties in
an effort to cut spending and
eliminate America’s debt burden.
He was a leader in advancing the
RESTORE Act through Congress,
strengthening north and northwest
Florida’s coastal economies
following the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill. Rep. Southerland also
introduced legislation to provide
rural communities with the tools and
technical assistance necessary to
complete community enhancement
projects, such as police and
fire stations, courthouses, and
community health centers – all at no
additional cost to taxpayers.
Rep. Southerland has taken a
leading role in ensuring a bright
future for Florida’s Second District.
As chair of the Bay County Chamber
of Commerce and a member of the
Economic Development Alliance,
Rep. Southerland spearheaded
efforts to grow the local economy
and create jobs. As chair of the Early
Learning Coalition of Northwest
Florida, Rep. Southerland promoted
educational initiatives that unite
families and prepare young children
who are entering kindergarten.
Through his work with the Covenant
Hospice Foundation board, Rep.
Southerland improved local health
care services for our seniors
Rep. Southerland has spent
nearly his entire life as a resident
of Panama City. As the owner and
president of Southerland Family
Funeral Homes, a third-generation
small business, he understands the
challenges faced by local families
and has helped provide jobs to
dozens of hardworking Floridians.
Steve Southerland and Susan, his
wife of 26 years, met in the first
grade. They are the parents of
daughters Samantha, Stephanie,
Abby and Ally, a current Troy
Congressman is Distinguished
Leadership Award Winner