DOTHAN—Troy University officials and community leaders dedicated a major renovation of Wallace D. Malone Jr. Hall on the Dothan Campus during a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The $1.2 million project to add classrooms, lab and office space converted the building’s third floor attic into a new home for the campus’ College of Health and Human Services degree programs, including nursing, social work and human services. The completed project adds about 8,100 square-feet of space to the building.
“The expansion of Malone Hall will allow the College of Health and Human Services to amplify its presence in the Wiregrass region, and our faculty and staff look forward to the enhanced opportunity to serve students in these high demand disciplines,” said Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
The building is named for former TROY Board of Trustees member and local business leader Wallace D. Malone, and the ceremony served as a chance to recognize Malone’s leadership and service to TROY and the community.
“Wallace D. Malone is one of the best leaders that I have ever known,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor. “He is a unique treasure for this state, and I am so grateful that this building will continue to bear his name as it has grown bigger.”
Malone served as President Pro-Tem of the Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1996 and later served as president of the Foundation Board.
Reflecting on his time at TROY, Malone said he is proud of the growth and success TROY has achieved.
“TROY is big-time and a first rate university,” Malone said. “I have always valued my relationship with TROY and I always will.”
Work on the renovation started in the summer of 2011, and the first classes were held inside the expansion in fall 2012. The project was supported by a $495,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Bob Willis, Dean of Student Services at the Dothan Campus, said the campus’ Health and Human Services programs are fast growing and needed the additional space the renovation provides. The programs were launched at Dothan in 2011.
“These are very high-demand programs for us, and this new space will allow for continued enrollment growth,” Willis said.
Malone Hall was one of two buildings first constructed at the present Dothan Campus location in 1990. This marks the second major renovation to the building. A pair of chemistry labs and additional classroom space was added during a 2003 expansion.