The national elections of 2010 saw more than a Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives. It also marked the election of three Troy University alumni, two from Florida and one from Ohio, to the U.S. Congress.
Our cover story takes a look at the three Trojans in the freshman class of the 112th Congress—Bill Johnson of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District and Florida Republicans Steve Southerland of the 2nd District and Richard Nugent of the 5th District. While public service is nothing new for Trojans, as many of our alumni have held state, regional and local offices, we believe this is the first time three Troy University alumni have served at one time in the U.S. Congress.
Our coverage also includes stories on two other Trojans in the political arena: McDowell Lee, who was recently honored for his long service as secretary of the Alabama Senate, and Kim Swan, a member of the class of 1980 who serves as a member of Bermuda’s Parliament. Incidentally, Mr. Swan recently returned to the Troy Campus to give the fall commencement address and did an outstanding job. We stress leadership and service at TROY, so it’s important to profile these alumni who serve as role models for future generations of our students who will one day serve in the public arena.
This edition also shines the spotlight on Trojan leaders in other walks of life. We are proud to have honored Dr. Harold Collins, former superintendent of the Mobile County School System, at our spring reunion with our annual Distinguished Leadership Award.
We are also honored to welcome Doug Mims as the new president of our alumni association along with two new board members, Julius Pittman and Randy Wilkes. I am sure each of them will do an outstanding job and I thank them for their leadership of our alumni family.
Trojans are providing leadership in other areas, as well. We salute Tommy Hicks, sportswriter and columnist of the Mobile Press-Register, for his selection as president of the Football Writers Association of America. Mr. Hicks has won numerous awards for his sports writing and is a former alumnus of the year of our school of journalism.
Giving back to the University is one of the obligations of successful alumni and we report on the generosity of Jane Beasley, a native of Clayton and a member of the class of 1974, who has endowed a scholarship in memory and honor of her mother, Marion Horne Beasley. This scholarship will enable women who are past the traditional college age to return to school to earn degrees in education.
Another way to give back to your University is to nominate worthy Trojans for the newly established Troy University Sports Hall of Fame, which will be housed in our beautiful new arena. Our selection committee is in the process of choosing the first class of honorees and we invite your input. To make a nomination, go to the athletics website at troytrojans.com, go to the “athletics department” link and find the on-line form.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.