Troy University to recognize students at annual Honors Convocation

Posted: Tuesday, 30 March 2010

TROY, Ala.—Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University’s annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13 in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

Robert Potts, chancellor of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.

Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement and leadership, said the convocation is a celebration of students’ achievements during the academic year.

“This convocation is the University’s opportunity to pay tribute to the fine work of our students and honor them for their diligent efforts in the classroom,” Patterson said.

Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award, presented to the outstanding faculty member of the year, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisers selects the recipient.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

Chancellor Potts began his tenure at Arkansas State University in 2006. He served as the chancellor of the North Dakota University System before moving to Jonesboro. Previously, he served as president of the University of North Alabama. Earlier in his career, he served as general counsel for the University of Alabama System.

Potts attended Newbold College, Bracknell, Berkshire, England, and graduated cum laude from Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree, and served as an editor of the Alabama Law Review. He later graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Laws degree.

Dr. Potts and his wife, Irene, have two children and five grandchildren.