Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings and later our buildings shape us.” Sir Winston’s quotation cuts to the heart of our Troy University Magazine cover story on our new education building, for we believe this beautiful new structure will shape a new era of service in teacher education.
Troy University began as a teacher-training institution and we have always shown leadership in this arena. I am pleased that our building is the first facility devoted solely to education built in Alabama in almost 40 years. It provides ample space for faculty and students and is equipped with the latest in technology. In addition, it also provides attractive space for our Alabama Education Leadership Hall of Fame. It’s exciting to know that the Troy University students who study within our new building’s walls will help determine the future of Alabama and its children. I invite you to visit the building on your next trip to the Troy Campus.
This issue also contains news of one of the most significant academic achievements in the history of this institution, namely the decision by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to approve a level change for TROY. This will allow us to award up to three doctoral degrees. Our first doctoral program in nursing practice will begin accepting students this fall. I cannot over emphasize how important this move is for us. It not only enhances the value of the degree of every TROY alumnus, it allows us to take our service to new heights.
We also report on the founding of our TROY Shield Society. This group of dedicated alumni, friends, faculty and staff has pledged to include the University in their estate plans, ensuring that future generations will benefit. We held our gala celebration in January to honor more than 200 founding members of the Shield Society. It was a first-class event for a group of first-class Trojans.
We profile several outstanding alumni in this issue, including Randall Moore, a member of the class of 1978, who has forged an outstanding career in business. He is an active alumnus and a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. David Marsh is another alumnus who merits our attention and our gratitude, as he has accepted the role as president of our Alumni Association. I thank David for his service and I applaud the tenure of Jimmy Gardner, our outgoing alumni president. He left big shoes to fill, but I am sure David Marsh is up to the challenge.
Larry Blakeney has also been up to the challenge in his almost two decades as our football coach. Coach Blakeney has led us from Division II to the highest level of NCAA competition, and his record of 145-73-1 at TROY places him fourth on the list of the all-time winningest coaches at Alabama colleges and universities. This year, Coach Blakeney will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, a well-deserved honor for a Trojan giant.
Another Trojan, Coach Don Maestri, just wrapped up another successful season of basketball at TROY, earning Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors. The award was Coach Maestri’s seventh in his 27-year career with TROY. He has won coach of the year honors in five different conferences, tying him for the most among active coaches. We are fortunate to have such fine examples of leadership within our athletic programs.
Troy University has many exciting stories to tell, as this issue attests. We want to include you! Let us know what is going on in your lives. Send us your news to email@example.com or 253 Adams Administration Building, Troy, AL 36082. We look forward to hearing from you.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.