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University hosts the 11th annual
Leadership Conference
Dr. Randal Pinkett and the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock delivered the keynote
addresses during the 11th annual Leadership Conference celebrating African-
American History Month, Feb. 3-4 at Troy University.
Dr. Pinkett, co-founder and chief executive officer of BCT Partners, a
management, technology and consulting firm, opened the conference, reminding
participants that success is fleeting while greatness is about “building a legacy.”
“Success is what you do for yourself,” said Dr. Pinkett, who is known nationally
for winning season four of the hit TV reality show “The Apprentice.” “Greatness
is what you do for somebody else. Leadership has little to do with the pursuit of
success but it has everything to do with the pursuit of greatness.”
Dr. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, addressed conference
participants during the closing session, encouraging them to seek out ways to make a
lasting difference in their communities.
“There is brokenness all around us – broken homes, broken communities, broken
politics,” Dr. Warnock said. “We need to decide that we can do something to make
a difference and then go forth and make a difference. We must understand that our
individual location in not as important as our collective destination. I challenge you
to do what you can where you are.”
• Dr. Randal Pinkett
• Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock
Ambassador in
Residence speaks
to TROY students
Former U.S. Ambassador to
the Czech Republic Jenonne
Walker talked to TROY
students in January about the
common challenges facing
the nation’s ambassadors and
provided personal glimpses
into the life of Czech
dissident-turned-president
Vaclav Havel. Ambassador
Walker served as this spring’s
Ambassador in Residence
and spent a week meeting
with students and lecturing
to classes on international
affairs in her first-ever trip to
Alabama.
Former U.S. Ambassador Jenonne Walker
Alumnus
Appointed to Board of Trustees
Troy University alumnus C. Gibson Vance (1987) has been
named to the University’s Board of Trustees by Alabama Gov.
Robert Bentley.
Vance, a shareholder in the Montgomery law firm of Beasley
Allen, was selected by Gov. Bentley and approved by the
Alabama Senate. In addition, two current members – Allen
Owen and Roy Drinkard – were reappointed to the Board.
Trustees are appointed to 12-year terms.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Vance to our Board of
Trustees,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “As an alumnus,
he has served as a wonderful ambassador for Troy University,
and we look forward to the vision and leadership he will provide
as a Trustee.”
Vance, who earned his Juris Doctor degree from Jones School
of Law in 1992, practices in Beasley Allen’s personal injury and
consumer fraud sections. He is a member of the Montgomery
County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, the
Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, past president
of the American Association for Justice and past president of
the Alabama Association for Justice.
“I am thrilled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve
Troy University,” Vance said. “I was born in Troy and graduated
from Troy State University 25 years ago. Troy University is a first
class institution and I look forward to being part of its future.”
Vance and his wife, Kate, have two children, Carter and Andrew.
C. Gibson Vance