Celebrating 30 years of service and leadership

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.'s 30th anniversary at TROY

Chancellor Hawkins standing on the main quad at Troy University

 

Troy University is celebrating a milestone in 2019: 30 years of leadership from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. On Sept. 1, 1989, Hawkins became TROY's Chancellor, a position from which he's created an unprecedented era of growth and evolution at the University, including spearheading the move to NCAA Division I-A athletics as well as the unification of the former Troy State University System into the modern Troy University.

 

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Troy University unveils clock honoring Chancellor Hawkins

“Time flies, but memories last forever.” Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, recalled those words on Saturday, during a ceremony honoring his 30 years of service as the University’s chancellor.

Thanks to the help of generous donors, the University dedicated a clock, located in front of Smith Hall, in honor of Dr. Hawkins’ 30 years at TROY. Dr. Hawkins became the Chancellor on Sept. 1, 1989, following the retirement of Dr. Ralph Adams who served in the position for 25 years.

Over the last three decades, Dr. Hawkins has led the University through an era of unprecedented growth, said Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, USAF ret., who serves as Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development.

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Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. speaks to the crowd at the dedication of the clock during a ceremony honoring his 30 years of service as chancellor.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. speaks to the crowd at the dedication of the clock during a ceremony honoring his 30 years of service as chancellor.

William and Liz Filmore, TROY alumni and members of Gov. Kay Ivey’s staff, present Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

William and Liz Filmore, TROY alumni and members of Gov. Kay Ivey’s staff, present Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves, a TROY alumnus, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves, a TROY alumnus, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Dr. Dan Puckett, president of TROY’s Faculty Senate, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Dr. Dan Puckett, president of TROY’s Faculty Senate, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Morgan Long, Student Government Association president, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.Morgan Long, Student Government Association president, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a resolution honoring Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.
Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, USAF ret., Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a list of donors who helped fund the clock, unveiled Saturday in honor of Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Maj. Gen. Walter Givhan, USAF ret., Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, presents Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. with a list of donors who helped fund the clock, unveiled Saturday in honor of Dr. Hawkins’ 30th year as the University’s Chancellor.

Gibson Vance, President pro-tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees, and Lamar P. Higgins, Vice President pro-tempore, present TROY First Lady Janice Hawkins with a bouquet of roses during the ceremony.

Gibson Vance, President pro-tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees, and Lamar P. Higgins, Vice President pro-tempore, present TROY First Lady Janice Hawkins with a bouquet of roses during the ceremony.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. unveils the clock.Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. unveils the clock. 
The clock located in front of Smith Hall on the Troy campus honors Dr. Hawkins' 30 years of service as the University's chancellor.The clock located in front of Smith Hall on the Troy campus honors Dr. Hawkins' 30 years of service as the University's chancellor.

 

Chancellor Hawkins speaking behind a podium

The morning of Sept. 1, 1989, was a momentous one at Troy University.

For the first time in 25 years, a new Chancellor had been named to lead the institution, following Dr. Ralph Adams’ retirement.

It was a time of uncertainty for TROY faculty and staff, who had great respect for Adams and his decades of success.

But from the moment Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., walked onto campus that day 30 years ago and was named Adams’ successor, those who met him knew the University they loved was in good hands.

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Dr. Hawkins on his time at TROY

Troy University celebrates the 30th anniversary of Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr.'s arrival at Troy University. As the longest-serving chancellor for Troy University, Hawkins has compiled many accomplishments during his three decades. TROY TrojanVision interviews Dr. Hawkins as he reflects on his time at TROY.