Five named as Chancellor's Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 04 February 2009

TROY, Ala. -- Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. has announced the selection of five faculty and staff members to participate in the 2009 Chancellor’s Fellows Program.

Selected were: Dr. Andrew Creamer, chair of the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Foundations of Education; Joseph “Jay” Houghton, Florida Director for the Southeast Region of TROY’s Global Campus; Marcus Paramore, director of government relations; Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy, assistant professor and interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion; and, Greg Skaggs, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design.

The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY’s Institute for Leadership Development. The fellows were nominated by TROY deans, directors or vice chancellors and selected by the Chancellor to participate in the program.

“The Chancellor’s Faculty and Staff Fellowship Program enables qualified full-time faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University,” Dr. Kline said. “Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and past service to the University.”

The experience spans the spring and summer academic semesters during which the Fellows will have the opportunity to visit other campuses, benefit from briefings and meetings with senior University officials and take part in several field trips and visits with state education officials, business leaders and state government officials, according to Kline. Each fellow is mentored by a member of the University’s senior administration.

The fellows recently completed the first of two weeks of intensive executive leadership training, which included sessions with Chancellor Hawkins, Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost, Dr. John Dew, associate vice chancellor for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, Brooke Strickland, associate director of human resources, Sichan Siv, TROY’s ambassador in residence, Dr. Hank Findley, chair of business programs, and Dr. Kline.

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Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. recently announced the selection of five TROY employees for the 2009 Chancellor’s Fellows Program. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. John Kline, director of the program and director of the University’s Institute for Leadership Development; fellow Marcus Paramore, director of government relations; Chancellor Hawkins; fellow Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy, assistant professor and interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion; fellow Jay Houghton, Florida Director for the Southeast Region of Global Campus; fellow Greg Skaggs, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design; and, fellow Dr. Andy Creamer, chair of the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Foundations of Education.

Biographical info for 2009 Troy University Chancellor’s Fellows

Dr. Andrew Creamer is Chair of the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Foundations of Education at Troy University’s Troy Campus. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his associate degree at a community college and his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida. After a stint in the U.S. Army as a military policeman, Dr. Creamer returned to earn a master’s in educational psychology from Wayne State University, a master’s in counseling from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in counselor education from the University of Central Florida. He has more than 30 years experience as a mental health counselor and therapist and has a national reputation for working with abused and traumatized children and their families. He is the father of two adult daughters.

Joseph (Jay) Houghton currently serves as Florida Director for the Southeast Region of TROY’s Global Campus. He holds a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s in marketing. Prior to joining Troy University, his career took him to three states and four countries beginning in France where he taught English in the French public school system. He returned to New York where he worked with the Berlitz Language Schools. A transfer within that group led him to Atlanta where he served as school director for nearly two years. From Atlanta, Houghton moved to Switzerland where he began a long association with the American College. He served the College for three years in Switzerland, four years in Atlanta and for 17 years in London. During his years with the College, he served as instructor, director of student affairs, academic dean and for 16 years as president. Houghton is married to Adrienne Le Brun and they have three daughters.

Marcus Paramore is director of government relations for Troy University. He is responsible for oversight of state and federal legislative affairs for the University and also directs the Troy University Political Action Committee. Paramore previously served the University as director of development for athletics, and under his direction, TROY experienced significant growth in both annual donations and revenue that enabled construction and renovation of new facilities for the Athletics Department. Previously, he worked on the congressional staff of Congressman Terry Everett. Paramore holds a bachelor’s in economics and a master’s in sport and fitness management from TROY, and he serves as chair of the College and University Governmental Affairs Representatives. He is a member of the Troy Rotary Club, the Business Council of Alabama and was recently appointed to the Board of Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf. Paramore is married to Leigh Ann, also a TROY alum, and the couple has two sons.

Dr. Candice Howard-Shaughnessy is assistant professor and interim chair for the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and her master’s in foundations of education from Troy University (1996, 1998) and a doctorate in exercise science with a specialization in motor development and emphasis in special education from Auburn University in 2003. Howard-Shaughnessy serves on many departmental, college and University committees and provides community service as a board member for the Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf, the Pike County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, First United Methodist Church and the Troy Miracle League. In 2006, she was honored with the Ingalls Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award. She lives in Troy with her husband, Richard, head strength and conditioning coach for TROY athletics.

Greg Skaggs is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design. Before coming to TROY, he taught graphic design at Southern Arkansas University. Greg is an active artist and has shown his work throughout the United States. Notably, he was selected to show in New American Drawings in Santa Fe, and Drawing on Alabama 2007 in Auburn. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the SECAC group show at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans. Skaggs is also a member of IC3, TROY’s collaborative partnership with Halmstad University in Sweden. Skaggs serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wiregrass Museum of Art and on the Board of Directors for the Troy Arts Council. He holds undergraduate degrees in graphic design and art education, and a master’s in painting from the University of Oklahoma. Skaggs and his wife, Carrie, have two children.