Five named as Chancellor's Fellows at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 24 January 2012

TROY, Ala. - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has announced the selection of five faculty and staff members to participate in the 2012 Chancellor's Fellows Program.

Selected were: Dr. Elizabeth Blum, associate professor of history on the Troy Campus; Olga Casey, technical services librarian on the Dothan Campus; Dr. Jan Oliver, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education on the Troy Campus; Dr. Trellis Riley, assistant professor and interim chair of Education Leadership and Administration on the Phenix City Campus; and James Smith, associate dean of student services on the Montgomery Campus.

The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY's Institute for Leadership Development. Kline, a former university provost and senior executive in the federal government, is uniquely qualified to direct the program — a program Chancellor Hawkins believes will "help selected faculty and staff members move into positions of responsibility, prepared for the task of leading Troy University in the years ahead."

The fellows were nominated by TROY deans, directors or vice chancellors and selected by the Chancellor to participate in the program. Graduates over the past several years include: Dr. Lance Tatum, vice chancellor of Global Campus; Buddy Starling, dean of Admissions, Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor for business services; Herbert Reeves, dean of student services; Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education; and Marcus Paramore, director of government relations.

"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 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 to meet with state education officials, business leaders and state government officials, according to Kline.

The fellows have begun executive leadership and management training and meetings with Chancellor Hawkins, Senior Vice Chancellors and other University leaders. Throughout the Spring semester, the fellows will meet often to interact with other key University personnel, work on a project, and visit the Phenix City, Dothan and Montgomery campuses. Furthermore, each of the fellows will be mentored by one of the four Senior Vice Chancellors or a recently retired Senior Vice Chancellor.

Bios of Chancellor's Fellows

Elizabeth (Scout) Blum obtained her bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas and earned both her doctorate and master's in American history from the University of Houston. Dr. Blum joined the TROY faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor with the Department of History. In 2006, she received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. In 2008, Dr. Blum published her first book, Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class, and Gender in Environmental Activism. She is currently working on a manuscript on the messages delivered to children through popular culture sources since World War I. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Blum has served as president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the Faculty Development Committee, and a member of the Undergraduate Academic Council, among other committee work. Dr. Blum lives in Montgomery, with her husband, Sean, and their six-year-old son, Aidan.

Olga Casey is technical services librarian at TROY's Dothan Campus. Born in the Soviet Union, Casey graduated from Electro-technical Telecommunication Institute (Odessa, Ukraine). In 2000, she was awarded the E. Muskie Graduate Fellowship (IREX project) and studied Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University and earned her MLIS degree. In addition to her library duties, she has also taught the TROY orientation course and is a member of a working group on TROY 1101. Casey is a member of Sister Libraries Committee of International Relations Roundtable (American Library Association) and maintains a sister-library relationship with the library of Kirovohrad Pedagogical University (Ukraine). Olga Casey is married to Alto Glenn Casey, an IT specialist, and they reside in Slocomb.

Dr. Jan Oliver is associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at the Troy Campus. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education and an education specialist degree from Troy University, and her doctorate her in curriculum and instruction from Auburn University. Dr. Oliver joined the Troy University faculty in 1999. Before coming to TROY, she was employed by the Enterprise City School system where she taught third and fifth grades. Dr. Oliver is a certified trainer of trainers for AMSTI and a member of the AMSTI Advisory Board. She also serves on many college and university-wide committees. Dr. Oliver is a native of Enterprise and is married to Greg Oliver. The couple has two grown children—Ashlynn Forehand, and Jerad Oliver – and three grandchildren.

Dr. Trellis Riley is the interim chair of education and assistant professor of educational leadership and administration at TROY's Phenix City Campus. She earned her bachelor's degree in secondary marketing education, her master's degree in occupational and adult education and her doctorate in occupational and adult education with an emphasis in education leadership and administration from Oklahoma State University. Her background includes being a high school teacher in Oklahoma and Kansas, instructor at Oklahoma State University and assistant professor at Auburn University. Prior to coming to TROY, she most recently served Talladega City Schools in Alabama for nine years as secondary curriculum coordinator and director/principal of the Career and Technology Center. Dr. Riley's husband, Michael K. Riley, is an agriculture science teacher at Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga., where the couple resides with their three children.

James Smith is the associate dean of student services at TROY's Montgomery Campus. He previously was responsible for the management of the International Program and establishment of the Leadership courses and minor program at the Montgomery Campus. Smith also teaches as an adjunct instructor of Leadership and has served on the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee and Tobacco Free Campus Committee. Smith retired from the US Air Force at the rank of colonel after 28 years of service and after holding various command, operational, training and staff positions during his career. His final position on active duty was as the Dean of Students at the U.S. Air War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a Master's Degree in human resources development from Webster University. He resides in Montgomery with his wife, Lynette, and their seven children.

Chancellor's Fellows

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., recently announced the selection of five TROY employees for the 2012 Chancellor's Fellows Program. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. John Kline, director of the University's Institute for Leadership Development and director of the program; fellow Olga Casey, technical services librarian on the Dothan Campus; fellow Dr. Elizabeth Blum, associate professor of history on the Troy Campus; Dr. Hawkins; fellow Dr. Jan Oliver, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education on the Troy Campus; fellow Dr. Trellis Riley, assistant professor and interim chair of Education Leadership and Administration on the Phenix City Campus; and fellow James Smith, associate dean of student services on the Montgomery Campus.