DOTHAN — Troy University will celebrate the career and service of former Congressman Terry Everett on Friday, Nov. 22, with the dedication of R. Terry Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus and the opening of the Everett Congressional Library.
The TROY Board of Trustees voted in July to rename the Library/Technology Building at the Dothan Campus in honor of Everett, the eight-term congressman from Dothan. In addition, the Wiregrass Archives at the Dothan Campus, located inside Everett Hall, will serve the as the permanent home for Everett's congressional papers and other memorabilia documenting his time in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following the building dedication, the University will formally unveil the R. Terry Everett Congressional Library.
The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. in front of the building.
“Congressman Terry Everett is an outstanding leader who served this region well in Washington, but he has also been an invaluable friend of Troy University for over four decades," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “The entire Wiregrass owes a tremendous debt to Terry Everett, so the naming of this building in his honor will be a lasting tribute to a gentleman and true patriot."
The keynote speaker for the event will be Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of both the CIA and NSA and Deputy Director of National Intelligence from April 2005 to May 2006.
Other speakers include TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.; TROY Board of Trustees member Charles Nailen; Dr. Don Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor of the Dothan Campus; Gen. Bowen Ballard; Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz and local business leader Jeff Coleman.
Everett will also share remarks during the event.
Everett served in the House of Representatives from 1993-2009. During his tenure in Congress, Everett served on the House Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Veterans Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Prior to his public service, Everett enjoyed successful careers as a newspaper executive, a farmer and a contractor. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence specialist in Europe.