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whatever their stations in life, if you work
really hard there are rewards for that,” he
said following the Nov. 22 ceremony. “I’m
now nearing almost 25 years in serving
the government or country in one way or
another. I think I’m getting to the end of
that though at 76 years old. You know,
you finally get to the point where you’re
tired of climbing on and off airplanes.”
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University
Chancellor, said Everett’s service to the
state and in particular the Wiregrass was
proof that “he didn’t need the office, but
the office needed him.”
“Terry Everett has always been a great
statesman, patriot and friend, but he
has also been a role model of ethical
behavior,” TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack
Hawkins, Jr., said during the ceremony.
“The entire Wiregrass owes a tremendous
debt to Terry Everett, so the naming
of this building in his honor is a lasting
tribute to a gentleman and true patriot.”
Maj. Gen. Bowen Ballard, USAF retired,
served as the keynote speaker for the
event and spoke of Everett’s dedication as
a public servant.
“When you think of Terry Everett and
all that he has done, you realize what a
humble, dedicated public servant he is,”
Gen. Ballard said. “He would be the first
to tell ‘I’m not a politician,’ and that’s a
good thing.”
Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director
of both the CIA and National Security
Agency and Deputy Director of National
Intelligence from 2005-2006, delivered
a message via video, speaking with great
appreciation for Everett’s commitment to
the country’s defense.
“I deeply appreciate the courage in your
commitment to America’s strength and
America’s defense,” Gen. Hayden said.
“This is a labor of love, a labor of duty
and a labor done in secret. You don’t get
to see the contributions men like Terry
make on that committee. There are no
easy issues in front of the Intelligence
Committees in the House and the
Senate.”
Other speakers at Friday’s event included
TROY Board of Trustees member
Charles Nailen, Dr. Don Jeffrey, Vice
Chancellor of the Dothan Campus, and
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.
Following the ceremony, a group of
TROY officials joined Everett and his
wife, Barbara, a TROY alumna, on the
steps of the building underneath the
bold letters proclaiming “R.TERRY
above: Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack
Hawkins, Jr. congratulates former Congressman Terry
Everett after unveiling a plaque denoting the Everett
Congressional Library on the Dothan Campus.
left: Former Congressman Terry Everett and his
wife, Barbara, cut the ribbon on the renamed R.
Terry Everett Hall on the Dothan Campus, as TROY
Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Dothan Mayor
Mike Schmitz and keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Bowen
Ballard, USAF retired, look on. TROY trustees voted in
July to rename the Library /Technology Building on
the Dothan Campus in honor of the former Second
District Congressman.
EVERETT HALL,” to cut a ceremonial
ribbon.
Everett took one final moment to reflect
and cast the spotlight on others.
“You can’t do a lot in life unless you
have good support from people,” Everett
said. “I am very much aware of the fact
that I have much to be thankful for and
that includes a lot of people that have
helped me.”