TROY – Dr. Fred Meine, professor of public administration and former regional director of Troy University's Florida Region, has been awarded the Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dr. Meine, who joined the TROY faculty full time in 1994, was presented the award by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Earl Ingram during the University's annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Friday at the Troy Campus.
The award consists of a $1,500 cash prize and a medallion to be worn with academic regalia. The award is made possible through at $100,000 endowment by the SouthTrust Corp. Wallace Malone, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SouthTrust, served as a TROY trustee from 1975-1995.
"Dr. Fred Meine is an extraordinary leader and teacher," said Chancellor Hawkins. "He has demonstrated the highest standards of excellence throughout his career at Troy University and it is an honor for us to honor him."
"Not only was I totally shocked and surprised, but I am humbled by this great honor," Dr. Meine said. "I have been proud to serve this great university for the last 20 years and hope to continue contributing to its future growth."
Dr. Meine, who first associated with the University in 1991 as an adjunct faculty member, earned the Doctorate in Public Administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., and the master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. His undergraduate work in criminal justice was completed at the University of Nebraska.
In addition to his service in the classroom and as regional director, Dr. Meine chaired the Department of Public Administration from 1997 to 1999 and was associate regional director for academic affairs and student services for TROY's Atlantic Region from 1995 – 1997. He has mentored many faculty members during his tenure at the University.
Prior to entering the academic world, Dr. Meine was an officer in the United States Army, including a posting as Chief of Investigative Policy and Programs which oversaw major felony investigations, drug interdictions programs, crime prevention and economic crime programs, technical equipment and forensic investigation for the largest region in the Army's Criminal Investigation Division from 1986-1991.
During his academic career, Dr. Meine has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications, many of which address administrative ethics issues, and has presented more than 50 conference papers while developing sustained collaborations with colleagues to strategically advance a very active research agenda.