50th chapter chartered: Alumni organize Alamo State Chapter in San Antonio, officers installed
Troy University graduates have formed the University’s 50th alumni chapter in San Antonio.
The Alamo State Chapter of the Troy University Alumni Association was commissioned formally March 24 in a ceremony at the San Antonio teaching site, and is the Alabama-based institution’s first chapter west of the Mississippi River.
“This event is a significant milestone in the growth of the San Antonio Site. Since the inception of TROY’s presence in San Antonio, the loyalty I have seen from TROY alumni is remarkable,” said Rosanne Dominguez, site director.
The site hosted former and current students who have made Texas their home for the installation ceremony, presided over by TROY’s Western Region director Louis L. Fletcher.
“Troy University’s Alamo State Alumni Chapter is the first and brightest star in what will become a brilliant constellation of chapters in the western United States,” Dr. Fletcher said. “The pioneering spirit, leadership and stewardship (of the chapter officers) is the foundation for the ultimate reunification of the Troy University family across the Western Region.”
Inducted as chapter officers were Keith Sauls, chapter president; Jose Alcala, vice president; and Harold Dougherty, treasurer.
Sauls, a 1979 graduate, earned both an undergraduate degree and Master of Science in Public Administration from the University and retired from the United States Air Force in 1999 as a command pilot. With more than 5,500 flying hours, he is a veteran of Desert Storm and his decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, three Aerial Achievement Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, and the Antarctica Service Medal.
Sauls is a pilot for American Airlines and resides in San Antonio. His daughter Lauren is a junior at the Troy Campus.
Alcala is recently retired from the United States Navy as a logistics specialist.
“TROY provided a great opportunity for me while I was in the Navy,” he said. “The University has a great reputation and a great environment.”
Dougherty completed a Master of Science in Management with an International Management Concentration at the University’s Yongsan Campus in Seoul, South Korea in 2002.
“The reason I selected Troy University was, first and foremost, the program’s curriculum. My degree plan supported both my personal interests and my professional goals,” he said. “Classes were challenging but the University provided the environment and opportunity to balance work and family commitments while I pursued my advanced degree.”