PHENIX CITY - The superintendent of Phenix City Schools, Randy Wilkes, will deliver the keynote address to Troy University graduates on Friday, Jan. 23, during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Columbus Civic Center. About 160 graduates will be recognized during the ceremony.
Wilkes, a TROY alumnus, was appointed Superintendent of Phenix City Schools on July 1, 2014, and recently unveiled the system's middle school revitalization efforts dubbed the i3 Project, standing for inquiry, innovation and impact.
Before coming to Phenix City, Wilkes served as the superintendent of the Crenshaw County school system, where he recorded the state's highest county school system graduation rate, 96 percent, and the system's highest-ever test results.
Wilkes received his Bachelors of Science Degree in 1989 and Master's Degree in 1993, both from TROY in the field of mathematics. He played football for then-Troy State University and was a member of the 1987 TSU National Championship Team. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alumni Association. Wilkes also holds an Education Specialist degree from Auburn University.
Wilkes and his wife, Cathy, also a TROY graduate, have two children, Haden and Ryan, both of whom have attended Troy University.