TROY—Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. has been named chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors.
As the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force, Air University provides comprehensive education to prepare its graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels. Air University provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to all levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. It also operates the Community College of the Air Force, the Air Force Institute of Technology and houses the Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, considered the largest library in the Department of Defense.
“The Air University leadership is delighted to have Dr. Hawkins as Chair of the Board of Visitors,” said Dr. Bruce Murphy, Air University’s chief academic officer. “The partnership that has been built between Troy University and the Air Force over the years is testament to his commitment to our shared values in developing and delivering high quality education that prepares students for challenging responsibilities around the world. He now takes his place as leader of a distinguished board selected from the fields of education, business and industry, the professions, and public service.”
As Chair of the Board, Dr. Hawkins will personally brief and advise the Secretary of the Air Force each year on the matters relating to Air University.
Members of the Air University Board of Visitors are selected from the fields of education, business and industry, the professions, and public service. Members normally serve annual renewable terms up to a maximum of nine years. Members are invited by the Air University commander in the name of the chief of staff, United States Air Force.
The board meets at least twice a year-in the spring and the fall usually at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. The board presents a written report with its views and recommendations to the Air University commander and then to the chief of staff, United States Air Force, and to the secretary of the Air Force. The Secretary of the Air Force or designated representative, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, may act upon the Board's advice and recommendations.
Appointed to membership in the Board by the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Hawkins has been a member since 2004. The Board of Visitors exists to provide the Secretary of the Air Force advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the educational, doctrinal and research policies and activities of the Air University.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Dr. Hawkins was named Chancellor of Troy University Sept. 1, 1989. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montevallo and his doctorate from the University of Alabama.
Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in 1967, Hawkins was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War.
During his tour of duty in Vietnam, Hawkins’ platoon served with the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. For his combat duty, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a citation from the Korean Marine Corps.
Prior to taking the reins at TROY, Dr. Hawkins’ served as an assistant dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1971-1979) and as president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega (1979-1989).