Professor takes helm
of national organization
Dr. Marlene Dixon, professor in the School of Hospitality,
Sport and Tourism Management at Troy University, has been
elected president of the North American Society for Sport
Management (NASSM), the world’s flagship association for sport
management academicians and professionals.
Dr. Dixon will serve a three-year commitment, the first a
one-year term as president-elect followed by a one-year term as
president and a one-year term as past president.
“I am very pleased to be chosen to serve NASSM as its next
president,” said Dr. Dixon, who is based at the University’s
location in San Antonio, Texas. “I have been involved in the
organization for 15 years and have found that NASSM has been
instrumental to my professional growth. The people involved are
excellent scholars with a vision for moving sport management
forward as a discipline and practice.”
Alabama will soon have greater access to social workers,
thanks to Troy University’s new Master of Social Work program
to be offered on the Dothan Campus in the fall of 2014.
The Master of Social Work is considered the highest degree a
student may earn in social work, or a “terminal” degree.
The program, two years for completion by people without
a bachelor’s degree in social work or human services, and one
year for completion by those with the undergraduate degree, will
offer two concentrations: direct practice with a focus on military
families, and organizational management and leadership. The
program is designed to accommodate working students and will
be offered on weekends and evenings.
In addition to the degree program, the University will add five
new faculty positions on the Dothan Campus – including two
new undergraduate positions, in addition to Dr. Denise Green,
who serves as the multi-campus director. The University began
offering undergraduate programs in social work and human
services on the Dothan Campus in 2010, the programs showing a
consistent 15 percent per year growth rate.
She said that much of that success – and the demand for
the Master of Social Work program – is spurred by community
support and direction, much of that through the Dothan
Campus Advisory Council consisting of business and civic
“Friends of Fort Rucker and community agencies were
integral to designing and crafting the concentrations of the
master’s program, and an extensive three year needs assessment
helped us put together the type of program that addresses needs
in south Alabama, regionally, nationally and internationally. We
will be competitive in the marketplace,” Green said.
TROY to launch Master of
Social Work program in Dothan
McKinley award benefactor
remembered for legacy
John Key McKinley, the Tuscaloosa native who once headed
Texaco Inc. and endowed the University’s Virgil Parks McKinley
Employee Award, died June 9 at his home in Dallas, Texas.
Since 1997, the University has recognized the work of
outstanding non-faculty professional and administrative staff
members with the award in honor to McKinley’s father Virgil
Parks McKinley, a professor in the early 20th century who was
key to the development of the University’s athletic program.
Awarded quarterly, the recipients receive a $1,000 stipend and
an engraved clock.
John Key McKinley was born in Tuscaloosa on March 25,
1920. He graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and then
earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s
degree in organic chemistry from the University of Alabama.
He began working for Texaco in May 1941 but left shortly
thereafter for Army service in World War II.
Following the war, he returned to Texaco and rose through
In 1971, he was named the company’s president, and in 1980,
he became Texaco’s president, chief executive and chairman.
He retired six years later after a 45-year career with the
McKinley received numerous honors during his life, including
an honorary doctorate from Troy University in 1974. He was
involved in numerous charities, and he and his wife, Helen
McKinley, who preceded him in death, endowed scholarships at
Troy University as well as at the University of Alabama, Shelton
State Community College and other colleges.
The Tuscaloosa News contributed to this report.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor
Hou Baozhu, from Xian, China, was
awarded an honorary doctorate during
Spring Commencement on May 9.
Dr. Hou has provided for many of
the sculptures on TROY’s campuses,
including “The Thinker” and the terra
Dr. Marlene Dixon
Alumni House celebrates
All alumni are invited to join the 10-year anniversary
celebration of the Alumni House at the season’s first home
football game against Duke.
The celebration begins at 2 p.m. on the Alumni House
grounds, said Faith West Ward, alumni affairs director.
“We’re celebrating the people who had a hand in making the
Alumni House possible,” she said. “We want all our alumni to
join us. The Alumni House belongs to them – it’s theirs and it’s
their home-away-from-home. This celebration is recognition not
only for our leadership but for all of alumni.”
The Alumni House was dedicated on Oct. 4, 2004.
Past and present Alumni Board members, and past
presidents will be recognized during the brief ceremony, and
the announcement of the formation of the Alumni Leadership
Council will be made.
Refreshments will be served and normal tailgating activities
will begin at 4 p.m.