TROY – Troy University will honor four outstanding alumni with Alumni of the Year awards during halftime of its Nov. 8 Homecoming game against Western Kentucky.
Ashley Aaron of Montgomery, Mike Amos of Troy, Robert P. Murchison of Wetumpka and Robert Cam Ward of Alabaster will be honored as Alumni of the Year. In addition to the presentation at halftime, the honorees will be recognized at an invitation-only dinner on Nov. 7 and a breakfast reception in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on Nov. 8.
The awards are presented annually by the University as a part of its Homecoming celebration. Nominations are solicited, and winners are selected by the Troy University Alumni Association’s Board of Directors based on outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to Troy University.
“This year’s class of Alumni of the Year award winners has distinguished themselves in their professional lives, as well as their service to their communities and their alma mater,” said Faith Ward, director of alumni affairs. “We are pleased to honor these four recipients and grateful for their continued support and service to Troy University.”
Aaron, a 1993 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science, was a founding member of TROY’s former Greater Montgomery Alumni Chapter where he served as vice president. The chapter grew and merged to form the Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter of which Aaron has served as president. He is a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, chairman of the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run, a member of the Baptist East Medical Center Advisory Board and a member of the of the Kiwanis Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Board of Directors. Aaron serves as the regional MetLife Group representative with offices in Montgomery, and he holds the designations of Certified Health Consultant and Certified Professional Independent Agent. A lifetime member of the TROY Alumni Association and a member of the TROY Shield Society, Aaron and his wife Clay reside in Pike Road. The couple has two sons, Will and Thomas.
Amos has been a fixture on the Troy Campus since the late 1960s when he lettered as a linebacker for the Red Wave football team. Graduating in 1970 with a bachelor of science degree in social science, Amos has never really left TROY.
A past president of the National Alumni Association and the Action Club, TROY’s former athletic booster club, Amos has served on various committees throughout the years and is a recipient of the prestigious Trojan Award. After retiring from a 26-year career with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development, Amos joined the University’s Alumni Affairs staff in a part-time capacity and currently serves in that role. He also currently serves as the host of two television talk shows, “The Bud and Amos Show” and “Today in LA.” He is a member of the Pike County Alumni Chapter and a Lifetime member of the TROY Alumni Association. Active in the Troy community, Amos has been made a member of the Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds, his family has been named Family of the Year and he has been active in local American Cancer Society activities, including serving as “King Rat.” He and wife Carol have three children, Rebecca, Michael and Camille.
Murchison, who earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education (1961) and his master’s in administration and supervision (1973) from Troy University, retired in 2001 as superintendent of education in Elmore County. During his 40-year career in the education system, he also served as a teacher, coach, Title I coordinator and principal. During his career, his 1963 football team at Lanett High School won the 3A state championship. Murchison is a member of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, Wetumpka Rotary Club, Elmore Country Cattleman’s Association and First Baptist Church of Wetumpka. He also coached Babe Ruth Baseball for eight years, and he is currently the public address announcer for the Wetumpka High School baseball team.
Murchison and his wife Martha, also a TROY graduate, have two children, Tanya and Paige.
Ward, who earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science (1993) from TROY and his Juris Doctorate of Law (1996) from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, currently serves as executive director of the Industrial Development Board of Alabaster. He actively recruits new business for Alabaster and works closely with current business owners to help create an atmosphere for positive growth. In 2002 and again in 2004, Ward was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives for District 49. He is the Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus and the Chairman of the Alabama Autism Task Force. He has served on committees such as judiciary, education policy and legislative delegation. Ward is an active member in numerous civic organizations. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors for the Greater Shelby Education Foundation, YMCA of Alabaster, Court Appointed Special Advocate, the American Village, ARC of Shelby County and Leadership Shelby County. Ward and his wife Julie have one daughter Riley, and they reside in Alabaster.