Ames named campus vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014

DOTHAN - Troy University has named Dr. Orrin K. "Skip" Ames as Campus Vice Chancellor of its Dothan Campus.

"We are proud to have Dr. Ames represent the University in the Dothan community and the Wiregrass region," said Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration.

"Dr. Ames is a capable administrator who is dedicated to the Dothan Campus and is a real leader in the fields of entrepreneurial studies and business ethics who has had a distinguished career as a practicing attorney and academician. We know he will continue to be active in the Dothan Community," he said.

Ames has been serving in the role of interim vice chancellor, in addition to being assistant dean of the Sorrell College of Business on the campus and associate chair of business law and ethics for the College. He joined the University's faculty in 2011 after a 42-year legal career that included six years with the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, five years as a law professor at the University of Memphis School of Law, a stint as in-house counsel for South Central Bell and 27 years with the Mobile law firm of Hand Arendall.

"It has always been my philosophy that a university has an obligation to a community to help enrich the life of that community," he said. "It is, therefore, my goal as the new vice chancellor of the Dothan Campus to increase the relevance of this campus to the citizens of the Wiregrass area. I am forming a Dothan Campus Outreach Task Force on the campus that will involve all of the disciplines."

Ames said the task force's goal will be to develop strategies to help the Wiregrass area utilize the academic and experiential resources of the campus, and to work with the community as a citizen partner.

He holds a master of laws degree from Harvard Law School and a juris doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama. In addition to his service at Memphis, he has taught courses at Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College in Mobile and Samford University in Birmingham.

Mark Saliba

Dr. Skip Ames