TROY - Troy University will honor five alumni during halftime of its Oct. 11 homecoming game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Max Davis of Troy, Richard Dowling of Enterprise, Barbara Everett of Rehobeth and David Marsh of Hoover will be honored as Alumni of the Year, while Rep. Steve Southerland of Panama City, Fla., will receive the University's Distinguished Leadership Award.
The Alumni of the Year awards are presented annually as a part of the University's Homecoming celebration to honor alumni for their outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to Troy University. The Distinguished Leadership Award was created to recognize the achievements of TROY alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary work, philanthropy, leadership and service to their profession, community and their alma mater.
Max Davis is general manager and chief executive officer of South Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative. He currently serves on the board of directors of Power South Energy Cooperative, the Alabama Rural Electric Association, the Pike County Economic Development Board and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm City Committee.
A 1968 business administration and marketing graduate, Davis was inducted into the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, and began work at South Alabama Electric Cooperative in member services. From 1972-1981, he worked for Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Greenville before being named to his current position in 1982.
Committed to his community and University, Davis has consistently supported community initiatives and is involved in the Pike County Humane Society, Relay for Life and the Heart Association. A member of the Pike County Alumni Chapter, Davis has supported baseball, tennis, golf and softball teams, as well as the Sound of the South. He has actively supported numerous University-wide fund raising initiatives.
He and his wife, Arlene, reside in Troy and have one son Chris and daughter-in-law Tracy Davis – both alumni of the University.
Richard Dowling is owner of Dowling Tractor Company of Enterprise and has served on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors for more than 20 years. A Lifetime Member of the Association, he is also one of its past-presidents and a past member of the Troy University Foundation board of directors.
A 1973 business administration graduate, Dowling serves on the board of directors of the Enterprise YMCA, is a past-president and board member of the Enterprise Quarterback Club and has served on the board of directors of the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has served on the board and as president of the Enterprise Country Club.
A member of First Baptist Church, Dowling and his wife, Nan, also a TROY graduate, have two sons Warren and Matt – themselves alumni of the University, marking four generations of the family who have graduated the University.
Dowling has been heavily involved in Trojan athletics and is a member of the Trojan Warrior Club, the Trojan Wheels Club and was a member of the steering committee to move the University into Division 1 athletics. In addition, he led the effort to renovate the Quad and served three times on committees to study changing the name of the University, the culmination of which came in 2004 when Troy University became the name.
A native of the Wiregrass region of Alabama, Barbara Everett's background includes a mix of entrepreneur and educator. She has given 20 years of her life to the business of running newspapers with her husband, former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett. From 1986 to 1990, she served as counselor and director for two self-help educational programs, including the Career Training Program for Displaced Homemakers, and the Tutorial Assistance Program for High Risk College Students, both at Enterprise Ozark Community College.
Everett served as founding president of the Coffee County Family Services Center, and also founding co-chair of Habitat for Humanity in Coffee County, and remains board member emeritus. She has served on the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Southeast Alabama, the Enterprise Ozark Community College Foundation, and the Troy University Foundation, and is a past member of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System State Advisory Council. She was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley to serve on The Governor's Commission on Efficiency, Consolidation, and Funding, and serves on the Alabama Women's Commission. Appointed in 2003 by Gov. Riley, she served as Chairman of the Governor's Task Force to Strengthen Alabama Families.
Everett graduated from Rehobeth High School, and in 1984, received an associate of arts degree from Enterprise State Junior College. In 1986, Everett earned a bachelor of science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in sociology and psychology from Troy University, and in 1988, completed her master's degree in counseling and psychology from the University's Dothan Campus. Today, Barbara and Terry make their home in Rehobeth.
David Marsh is project manager in Southern Company Operations – Regulatory Compliance, and has been employed by Alabama Power/Southern Company since 1982. He has held various management-level positions in supply chain management, corporate services and power generation. In his current role, he leads federal compliance programs.
A 1980 graduate of the Sorrell College of Business, Marsh earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing. While in school, he was a secretary and president of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and served as chancellor of Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity. He was an executive senator at large and clerk of the Student Government Association, served as president of the Interfraternity Council and held membership in honorary organizations Omicron Delta Kappa and Gamma Beta Phi. He was also a member of the Argonauts Society, the University's leadership society.
In 2009, he was elected president of the National Alumni Association, having been first elected to its board of directors in 2002.
He is a charter member, past-president and past chapter adviser of the Greater Birmingham Alumni Chapter, and Marsh will lead the newly established Troy University Alumni Leadership Council, consisting of former National Alumni Board presidents and Alumni Board members.
Rep. Steve Southerland
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) has been a leader for north and northwest Florida, owning and operating a local small business and taking an active role in his community long before his election to Congress.
A 1987 business management graduate, Southerland was first sworn into Congressional office on Jan. 5, 2011. Today, Rep. Southerland serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, each of which plays a critical role in protecting jobs, promoting economic development, and preserving treasured resources across Florida's Second District.
Rep. Southerland has spent nearly his entire life as a resident of Panama City. As the owner and president of Southerland Family Funeral Homes, a third generation small business, he understands the challenges faced by local families and has helped provide jobs to dozens of hardworking Floridians.
Steve Southerland and Susan, his wife of 26 years, met in the first grade and have spent most of their formative years together. Steve and Susan are proudly instilling the values of faith, family, and freedom in the next generation of Southerlands – their daughters Samantha, Stephanie, Ally, and Abby.