Troy University Chancellor honored with Great American Hero Award

Posted: Wednesday, 14 October 2015

TROY - Troy University's Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., was recognized for his service and leadership with the Great American Hero Award, presented by the Boy Scouts of America's Greater Alabama Council-Youth Leadership Development Program.

The award honors individuals who have shown outstanding character, selflessness and by means of their success, have greatly benefited society.

Past recipients include Medal of Honor recipient and TROY alumnus Bennie Atkins, Dr. Odessa Woolfolk, founding president of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Herman Boone, the football coach whose life story inspired the film "Remember the Titans."

"It is humbling to be recognized alongside such an esteemed group of individuals who truly embody the phrase, 'Great American Hero,'" Hawkins said. "It is a great honor to receive this award from the Greater Alabama Council, an organization which shares Troy University's commitment to developing tomorrow's leaders."

A native of Mobile, Hawkins was named Chancellor on Sept. 1, 1989. Hawkins has overseen an era of change and growth at TROY, as he led the merger of the worldwide Troy State University System into the unified Troy University, an initiative called "One Great University." More than $250 million has been invested in capital improvements by the Hawkins Administration, including new academic buildings on all four of TROY's Alabama campuses. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1967 as a lieutenant and served as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War. For his combat duty, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a citation from the Korean Marine Corps.