New students kick off TROY experience with convocation

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008

TROY – Entering Troy University freshmen will start their college experience by hearing from alumnus Dr. Ted Leichner, a Tennessee doctor who joined the Army National Guard out of personal convictions and patriotism.

The Odyssey New Student Convocation will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 in Trojan Arena and will also feature an address by Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. and the lighting of the Odyssey Flame. The ceremony introduces new students to the customs and traditions, people and places associated with the University.

“Odyssey provides us the opportunity to illustrate the traditions that make college life enjoyable,” said Buddy Starling, dean of admissions. “We are very fortunate to be able to bring in outstanding alumni like Dr. Leichner to share how their TROY experience has helped them to be successful.”

Dr. Leichner, a native of Adel, GA, graduated cum laude in 1987 with a bachelor of science in biology and attended the Medical College of Georgia. He graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with honors in 1993 and completed his residency in family practice in 1996 at Medical Center East/University of Alabama-Birmingham. Currently in private practice in Franklin, Tenn., Dr. Leichner is a diplomat of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

In 2004, Dr. Leichner joined the Army National Guard and was commissioned in the United States Army Medical Corps. Since that time, he has served two tours of duty in Iraq. He is currently brigade surgeon for the 278th Brigade Combat Team.

An avid swimmer, runner and biker, Dr. Leichner says he enjoys the distinction as being the “slowest finisher in his age group” in the 2007 Louisville (KY) Ironman. Married to the former Delana Boyd of Vance, AL, the Leichners reside in Franklin with their six children.

Dr. Ted Leichner

Dr. Ted Leichner