FROM THE DESK OF THE CHANCELLOR
A famous philosopher once said that the only
thing constant is change. That bit of wisdom certainly
applies at Troy University, where we are seeing new
developments each day, and many of these changes
are covered in this edition of the Troy University
In May, we announced the creation of the
University’s first academic program designed to train
pilots—the minor in aviation operations—with our
partnership with Mauna Loa Helicopters. The need
for skilled pilots will be great over the next decade,
so this program will provide an outstanding service
to the aviation industry. This program is an example
of what we do best at TROY—find a need and fill
it. This program also complements our longstanding
tradition of supporting military aviation by educating
soldiers stationed at Fort Rucker and airmen stationed
at Maxwell Air Force Base.
The creation of a new residence hall to replace
Alumni Hall is another new development reported on
these pages. Alumni had served us well since 1966,
but the demand for traditional dorm-style housing is
waning. We have learned that our students respond
to residence halls that could be more accurately
called “learning communities,” so this new hall will
be equipped with the very latest in high-technology
amenities that can be used for both academic study
and recreation. We tell this story in part by looking
back at the history of Alumni Hall through a lens
provided by Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves,
who lived in Alumni not only as a student, but also as
Director of Housing and Residence Life.
Music education has been a cornerstone of the
TROY curriculum for almost 60 years and this issue
also reports on the opening of the new John M. Long
Hall, which houses our music and dance programs.
This structure is four times the size of the old Long
Hall, built in 1976, and marks a new era of excellence
in fine arts education at TROY. In a related story, we
detail our efforts to become an all-Steinway piano
school. Our goal is to acquire, at a cost of $1.6
million, 34 Steinways, 10 grand and 24 upright, to
replace our outdated inventory. Our music students in
the aggregate spend some 10,000 hours on the piano
per semester, and most of our pianos are more than
25 years old, so the need is there.
This issue also reports on the launch of our new
advertising campaign, “The Trojan Warrior Spirit.” This
new campaign draws heavily on our University’s links to
ancient Troy and is the most visually striking campaign
we have ever presented. I am confident this effort will
lead many students to our doors to find their Trojan
In closing, I invite all Trojans to join us for
homecoming festivities on the weekend of Oct. 10-11.
Our football opponent this year is New Mexico State. I
hope to see you upon your return to your alma mater.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.
TROY approved to offer Ph.D. in Sport Management
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education in March approved Troy University’s first-ever Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The Ph.D. in Sport Management will be offered both in class and online, and will address a need in Alabama and with military
students, said Dr. John Miller, associate dean and professor of sport management in the College of Health and Human Services.
“The sport management program will fill a strong, distinct and well-document societal, educational and economic need for students
Troy University serves,” he said. “The doctorate will provide a reputable online sport management doctoral program that meets the
needs of students and working professionals in the sport industry and, in particular, within the state of Alabama.”
Miller said that over the past two decades, research indicates the sport industry has grown from a $121 million industry into a $435
billion industry that generates billions of dollars in economic impacts in the state.
The University’s sport management faculty members have served on 132 doctoral dissertation committees and, collectively, have
published 13 textbooks, 60 textbook chapters, nearly 320 peer-reviewed manuscripts and have delivered more than 580 national and
international peer-reviewed presentations.
While the institution’s first Ph.D., sport management will be the University’s second doctoral-level degree. TROY has already
graduated its first two classes of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The University’s primary accrediting body, the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, has recognized TROY as a Level V (Doctoral) Member since 2011.
The Commission also approved TROY’s proposals to offer a Master of Arts in Economics degree, slated to begin in 2015, and a
Master of Science in Second Language Instruction is scheduled for a Fall 2014 launch.
TROY professor Packianathan “Chella” Chelladurai will help build the new doctoral program in Sport Management at TROY.