FROM THE DESK OF THE CHANCELLOR
Troy University was founded 125 years ago as an
institution to train teachers, so excellent teaching
remains the essence of what we do and who we are.
The transformation of Troy University from a tiny
teacher’s college to a global, comprehensive University,
however, has seen a concomitant evolution of TROY
in the area of academic research.
Dr. Stephen Landers, professor of environmental
and biological sciences, received one of 19 grants
awarded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
to study the impact of the 2010 BP oil spill on
the smallest life forms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr. Landers’ grant totaled $650,000 and will
cover research over the next three years. This is a
tremendous testimony to Dr. Landers’ work and a
sign of how far we have come in the area of academic
Another sign of our growth as a University is the
continued improvement of our facilities. The ribbon
was cut in September on our newest building, Trojan
Arena, and we christened the facility for basketball
November 9 against Mississippi State University.
The 140,000-plus square foot building features two
practice courts, weight rooms, locker rooms, offices
and provides about 5,500 high-back seats. The arena
includes upper-level suite seating and an exclusive
Stadium Club area for donors, while also adding floor
seating for students.
We take pride in building leaders at Troy University
and this issue profiles our chapter of the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes which provides spiritual
growth and development for our student-athletes.
The chaplain, Rev. Lonnie Cochran, is doing an
outstanding job with this ministry and has taken the
lead on a project to build the chapter’s endowment.
For almost a decade we have devoted a portion of
the proceeds from the Chancellor’s Invitational Golf
Tournament to FCA and to date have raised almost
$200,000 for the project.
Troy University alumni excel in all walks of life,
but Kevin Ford of the class of 1989 is taking Trojan
achievement to unparalleled heights. A NASA
astronaut, Mr. Ford is spending the next five months
aboard the International Space Station, serving first
as flight engineer for Expedition 33 and then as
commander of Expedition 34. During his stay in
space, Mr. Ford will work with his fellow astronauts
on 240 experiments, conducting research in the
areas of biological and physical sciences, technology
development, earth observation and education.
This edition also profiles four true Trojans who were
honored as alumni of the year during our annual
homecoming celebration in November: Bob Boothe,
Jimmy Gardner, Tim Shirley and John “Doc” Anderson.
All are worthy recipients who support their alma mater
in a variety of ways.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.