EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: A photo gallery of high-res photos covering all of today’s events (commencement and building dedications) is available at http://www.troy.edu/news/photogallery/index.html.
TROY – The Troy University Board of Trustees today unanimously approved the naming of two Troy Campus buildings, one to honor Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., the other to honor the board’s President Pro-tem Dr. Doug Hawkins.
The University’s new College of Education building will be named “Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall” and the Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium Athletic Tower will be named the R. Douglas Hawkins Tower.
The Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall is the next building scheduled to be built on the Troy Campus and will house academic classrooms, administrative offices and faculty offices for the College of Education.
Troy University’s roots are in training Alabama’s teachers, being founded in 1887 as the State Normal School, and later Troy State Teachers College. The $13 million construction project is scheduled to begin in August.
The action came on the heels of the University dedicating four new four-story residence halls – the largest construction project ever for the University at about $25 million, and the dedication of a new Barnes & Noble bookstore on the Troy Campus.
In the board’s resolution, trustees commended Chancellor Hawkins for his leadership since taking the helm of the University on Sept. 1, 1989.
“Chancellor Hawkins’ exemplary leadership has led to the transformation of Troy University from a rural teachers’ college to a worldwide university,” the resolution said.
“I am surprised and humbled by this gesture,” Chancellor Hawkins said.
In naming the R. Douglas Hawkins Tower, trustees said Dr. Doug Hawkins’ “vision, commitment to excellence and commitment to the continued expansion of Troy University has produced remarkable results and has positioned Troy University uniquely and favorably.”
The stadium’s press box has carried his name for a number of years.
Dr. Doug Hawkins, a Troy veterinarian, has served on the board of trustees since 1980 and as president pro-tem since 1996.
The athletic tower houses weight and training rooms, a sports medicine clinic, athletic training education classrooms and laboratories, athletics-related classrooms and student-athlete computer labs in addition to the press box, stadium club and sky boxes.
In presenting the resolution to name the athletic tower, Chancellor Hawkins told trustees that Dr. Doug Hawkins was a true Trojan.
“Nobody personifies and reflects the Trojan Spirit more than Dr. Doug Hawkins,” he said.
In other board action, trustees received a University report by Chancellor Hawkins, a finance report by Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jim Bookout and took action on three other resolutions: