DOTHAN - Local business and civic leader Mark Saliba urged Troy University graduates on Sunday to serve their communities with cooperation, compassion and commitment.
Saliba, the president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for Troy University's Dothan Campus, held at the Dothan Civic Center.
More than 200 students received degrees this fall at the Dothan Campus.
Saliba encouraged graduates to become active citizens committed to making positive changes in their communities.
"In addition to finding your position in the workplace, you must also commit you talents, your energies and time in your community," Saliba said.
He told graduates to find areas to serve in the community, such as coaching youth sports or volunteering at a senior center.
"If you have breath and you can move, if you can see or hear the needs of another person, you have already what it takes to be a successful citizen," he said. "Let us, right now, be citizens of compassion, cooperation and commitment, doing what we can for others."
Saliba is the president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, one of the leading construction companies in the Southeast. He is a member of the Dothan/Wiregrass Home Builders Association Hall of Fame, and has served on the organization's board and as a past president. At the state level, Saliba has been involved with the Home Builders Association of Alabama since 1990 and was state president in 2006. He was voted Builder of the Year in Alabama in 1993 and received a Presidential Award in 2010. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame.
Saliba has been active in community service throughout Dothan and Houston County, including serving as Chairman of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of Grow Dothan, the economic development arm of the Chamber.
Mark Saliba, president of the Alfred Saliba Corporation, delivered the keynote address to Troy University graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Dothan Civic Center. More than 200 students received degrees this fall at TROY's Dothan Campus. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)