TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III with the Chief Executive Leadership Award.
Dr. Hawkins received the award at the District III annual meeting in New Orleans, held this year in conjunction with institutions in District IV. The award, established in 1999, recognizes the Chief Executive of a District III member institution for outstanding leadership and service in support of education. Dr. Hawkins is the first chancellor or president of an Alabama university to receive this award.
“One of my favorite four-letter words, after ‘TROY’ is ‘team’ and we are fortunate to have an outstanding advancement team at Troy University,” Dr. Hawkins said. “It is on their behalf that I accept this award.”
Dr. Hawkins accepted the award from Peter Rooney, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Oglethorpe University and chair of the CASE District III Board of Directors. After the presentation, Chancellor Hawkins participated in a panel with chief executives from three other institutions discussing leadership in higher education.
A native of Mobile, Dr. Hawkins was named Chancellor of Troy University Sept. 1, 1989. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montevallo and his doctorate from the University of Alabama. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in 1967, Hawkins was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a platoon leader in Vietnam. Dr. Hawkins also served as an assistant dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and as president of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega. Among the awards and honors he has received is the distinction of Citizen of the Year presented by the Alabama Broadcasters Association in 2007.
CASE District III advances and supports educational and professional institutions in the southeastern United States by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them.