June—Chancellor Hawkins named 8th president and second Chancellor of TSU/TSU System
June—Board of Trustees votes move athletics from D-II to D-I by 1993; football to D-IAA. The transition would be made possible in part due to the leadership of Trojans like Johnny Williams, who would become athletic director in 1994. Prior to assuming that role, Williams was an original member of the Athletic Challenge Fund Steering Committee, which was the precursor to the committee that raised $1 million in less than two years to initiate Troy’s move to Division I. Williams was inducted into the TROY Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
September—Troy Campus enrollment passes 5,000; system enrollment passes 14,000
Wallace D. Malone Hall opens on the Dothan Campus, housing classrooms and academic and administrative offices. The building is named for the former president pro-tempore of the University’s Board of Trustees. Malone, a former CEO of SouthTrust Bank. The Dothan Campus building is one of two named in his honor. The other, located on the Troy Campus, houses the University’s Department of Art and Design. He served a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1975-1996.
Ralph Wyatt Adams Hall opens on the Dothan Campus. The building bears the name of Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.’s predecessor as Chancellor of the University.
Troy Campus linked to TSUM by microwave—major step in Distance Learning efforts
November—Alabama Supreme Court hears arguments on campus—TSU-TV broadcasts the session live, a first for the court.
The Office of Grants and Contracts, predecessor to the current Office of Sponsored Programs, is formed under the direction of Dr. Angie Roling.
January--258-141 win over DeVry, an NCAA scoring record. Coach Don Maestri’s squad hit 51 three-pointers during the game, still a NCAA record. Maestri would go on to rack up more than 500 wins and eight Coach of the Year honors during his more than three decades at the helm of the men’s basketball program. He was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Foundation reports annual giving of $1 million for the first time in University history.
Dr. Gene Elrod, the first President of Troy State University Montgomery, was instrumental in launching the downtown campus’ first advertising campaign under the theme, “It’s the Adult Thing to Do.”
March--In its final year of Division II competition, the TROY men’s basketball team advances to the national title game.
December--The Trojan football team advances to the national semi-finals in its first year of Division I-AA play.
December-ALFA donates $600k for Eminent Scholar Chair.
Higginbotham Hall opens on the University’s Phenix City Campus, housing classrooms and academic offices. The building was named for former state legislator and campus administrator G.J. “Dutch” Higginbotham.
Bob Lambert is hired to help resurrect TROY’s track and field teams after a six-year absence. An eight-time conference coach of the year, Lambert would eventually lead the Trojans to seven men’s conference titles and one women’s conference title, while more than 300 of his student-athletes earned all-conference honors during his 14 seasons as director of track & field/cross country.
Trojan baseball coach John Mayotte is named National Coach of the Year in his third year at the helm of the program. Mayotte would go on to win conference coach of the year honors in 1994, 1996 and 1997. During his 12 seasons as head coach at TROY, he compiled 386 wins, good enough for third of the baseball program’s all-time wins list.
August--Cowart Hall reopens as a dorm for female students; a new pool, weight room and volleyball courts also open.
Study shows TSU has an annual economic impact of $194m in southeast Alabama.
Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins launched the Helen Keller Lecture series at TROY in 1995 to raise awareness of the challenges of those with physical challenges, particularly those affecting sensory abilities.
Legendary band director Dr. John M. Long leads the Sound of the South for his final homecoming game; the School of Music is named for him in December.
The Olympic Torch Relay stops on the Troy Campus on its way to the Centennial Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta. Doc Anderson serves as track and field trainer for the Olympic games.
Money Magazine selects TROY as one the nation’s 25 best buys in public higher education.
The City of Troy issues the then-largest building permit in its history for the $6.5 million renovation and expansion of McCall Hall.
Study by the Chronicle of Higher Education cites TROY as one of the safest campuses in the USA.
TROY softball, under the leadership of head coach Melanie Davis, wins the conference title and advances to the NCAA Regionals. Davis would go on to become the all-time winningest coach at TROY over her 21 seasons compiling 780 wins. She was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Dr. Curt Porter becomes dean of international programs at TROY, leading to a growth in international partnerships, the creation of the 1+2+1 Sino-American Dual Degree Program, the agreement to become home to the state’s first Confucius Institute and an increased emphasis on study abroad programs. Dr. Porter retired from a full-time role with the University at the end of 2017, but continues to serve in a part-time capacity.
TROY acquires the 12-acre site of the former Alabama Baptist Children’s Home near the Troy Campus; the property later becomes home to Sorority Hill and the Southeast Alabama In-service Center. Also as a part of the purchase, the University acquired the Jack Paden House, named for the chairman of the Hillcrest Foundation and is now home to the University’s Student Counseling Center, and the Hillcrest House, named in honor of the Hillcrest Foundation.
The Women’s basketball team makes its first appearance in the Division I championship tournament.
The City of Troy provides $4.5 million to fund improvements to Memorial Stadium and Sartain Hall
The Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, which houses the Alabama Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame and the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors, is dedicated.
Ground is broken on the Rosa Parks Library and Museum at the Montgomery Campus.
The Board of Trustees votes to move the Trojan football program from Division I-AA to I-A effective 2001.
The renovated and expanded Pace Hall-Rotary International Living and Learning Center, home to the Office of International Programs and international student housing, opens.
TROY’s budget tops $100 million for the first time.
Troy arts patron Claudia Crosby donated $1.3 million to renovate the Smith Hall Auditorium and fund arts and theater scholarships; the then-largest individual gift ever received by the University.
The Alumni Association charters its first international chapter in Kirov, Russia; 11 Kirov residents and TROY graduates sign the charter.
August—TSU Distance Learning Center begins offering classes online.
Ground is broken on the Library/Technology Building at the Dothan Campus
September--A food court and fitness center are added to the Adams Student Center; work begins on Claudia Crosby Theater.
August--TROY begins its first school year on the semester system under the oversight of Dr. Owen Elder, Provost.
August—Sorority Hill dedicated
December—first “Sounds of the Season” concert held in Sartain Hall
Dr. Hawkins named “Golden Eagle of the Year” by Alabama Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame
Curry Commons is dedicated on the University’s Montgomery Campus. Featuring a green space and clock tower that is one of the campus’ most notable landmarks, Curry Commons was named for Dr. Glenda Curry, former President of Troy State University Montgomery.
The Wiregrass Archives are set in motion at the University’s Dothan Campus by then TROY Dothan President Michael Malone. He negotiated the deposit of the congressional records of Rep. Terry Everett (AL-2) and designated a space for a repository in the building on the Dothan Campus that would eventually bear the former Congressman’s name.
February—“Quest for Excellence” Capital Campaign concludes, $22 million raised on
$18 million goal.
The TROY Collegiate Singers Perform in Carnegie Hall for the first time.
TROY's total enrollments tops 18,000.
December--The Rosa Parks Library and Museum opens at the Montgomery Campus. The dedication ceremony featured remarks from Mrs. Rosa Parks, Ms. Elaine Steele, TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., and Troy University, Montgomery Campus President Cameron Martindale, among other city and staff officials.
University College continues to expand its reach around the globe under the direction of Dr. Rodney V. Cox, Vice President of University College.
TROY Football moves into NCAA Division 1-A, now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision; the inaugural season is highlighted by an SEC win over Mississippi State on Oct. 13.
Irish Week Celebration initiated (Alabama’s “official” St. Patrick’s Day parade).
August--The first 1+2+1 program students arrive on the TROY campus from China.
February—New academic building dedicated on the Phenix City Campus.
April—RMI program takes first students to Lloyd’s of London.
The Jimmy C. Lunsford Tennis Complex, named for longtime mayor of the City of Troy, is dedicated.
The First Leadership Conference Celebrating Black History Month is held.
The Men’s basketball team wins the Atlantic Sun Conference and participates in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since moving to Division I.
New softball complex is completed.
TROY enrollment tops 20,000 for the first time.
September—Wallace D. Malone Faculty Award established.
Dr. Hawkins named “Honorary Alumnus of the Year” at TROY
TROY golf coach Barney Burnett retired after 16 years of leading the program. The Troy State alumnus led the team to the Gulf South Conference championship in his first season at the helm, the first of four titles over the course of five years. He also led the Trojans to seven appearances in the NCAA Division II Championship, finishing as high as second in 1992.
Each semester, TROY First Lady Janice Hawkins hosts an etiquette luncheon to help prepare students in TROY’s leadership classes for professional and social settings. The luncheons have become a popular event for TROY students and all who participate.
New Soccer/Track Complex is completed.
The University is invited into the Sun Belt Athletics programs.
A teaching site is opened in Malaysia.
December—SACS reaffirmation of accreditation.
Clement Hall renovated at a cost of approximately $4 million.
Dr. Hawkins named “Top College President” by All-America Football Foundation
April-- the Board of Trustees votes to drop “State” from the University’s name to
better reflect the institution’s worldwide mission.
Renovated Quad is dedicated at the Troy Campus.
Construction completed on the Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium Tower. The tower would become known as the R. Douglas Hawkins Press Box Tower, in honor of the Troy University Trustee, who served from 1980 until his death in 2015. Dr. Doug Hawkins served as president pro-tempore of the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2011 and helped to organize the Greek system at TROY. In 2013, he published “Turning Points: History of Troy University.”
TROY hosts its first nationally televised (ESPN 2) home football game from Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium with a win against nationally ranked #19 Missouri.
TROY plays in the Silicon Valley Classic bowl game in its first D-I bowl appearance and its first bowl invitation in school history.
September—Teaching sites open in Vietnam.
February—Chancellor Hawkins participates in International Congress on Higher Education Universidad in Havana, Cuba.
June—First 1-2-1 commencement in China.
Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Dr. Susan Aldridge, TROY’s University College reached 16,000 students served. At that time University College operated in 17 states outside the State of Alabama and 11 countries.
May—Federal Transportation Grant received for shuttle bus system.
August--Troy University officially begins its new era as a unified, worldwide institution—“One
August--General Academic Building opens at the Troy Campus. The building would later be renamed in honor of Dr. Douglas C. Patterson, then a senior administrator of the University who continues to serve in a part-time role as a senior assistant to the Chancellor.
Inaugural Odyssey Convocation for first-year students and parents.
Dr. Hawkins named “Alabama Citizen of the Year” by Alabama Broadcasters Assn.
Dr. Hawkins named to Murphy High School Hall of Fame.
Coach Larry Blakeney leads the TROY Trojans to a win in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl
against the Rice Owls, the first bowl game win for TROY, after capturing TROY’s first
Sun Belt Conference title. The conference title would be the first of five straight
Sun Belt titles. Blakeney was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame
in 2012 and the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium bears his name.
Children’s Wing dedicated at the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.
TROY baseball team wins Sun Belt Conference title and Sun Belt tournament Championship, one of four conference titles won under the direction of Coach Bobby Pierce, the all-time winningest coach in TROY baseball history. Pierce, who retired in 2015 following his 13th season at the helm of the Trojans, is a member of the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
The Trojan Village dorms and the new Barnes & Noble bookstore officially open.
TROY worldwide enrollment nears record 30,000.
University announces plans to begin state’s first Interpreter Training Program; classes
begin in 2008.
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education grants approval for TROY to offer its first doctoral degree—the Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
The Trojans are named Sun Belt Conference co-champions.
October— Troy University received designation as the Confucius Institute for Alabama in partnership with Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology.
October—Press conference held to announce interpreter training program.
Dr. Hawkins awarded “Golden Eagle Award” by BSA’s Alabama-Florida Council.
Lott Baseball Complex at Riddle-Pace Field debuts.
TROY awards the first American bachelor’s degrees in Vietnam.
Gov. Bob Riley commits $8 million to Bibb Graves Hall renovation project.
Confucius Institute is officially dedicated.
TROY Trojans play in New Orleans Bowl, captured the Sun Belt Conference championship and played both LSU and Ohio State, the past year’s BCS National Championship playoff teams. In non-conference play, the Trojans faced Big 10, Big 12 and SEC teams.
TROY students participate in Ashkelon dig for the first time. Later TROY would become an annual partner on this project with Harvard, Boston College and Wheaton College.
January—Trojan Shield Society is founded.
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Hall is dedicated.
Renovations begin on Bibb Graves Hall.
Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, announces that TROY received an A1 bond rating, its highest rating ever, from Moody’s Investor’s Services.
Forbes magazine ranks TROY as the top public university in Alabama in it its annual college and university survey.
The Troy Trojans football team marks its first undefeated season in the Sun Belt Conference and claimed their fourth-straight league championship.
The Department of Speech and Theatre is transformed into the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the first dance show ever produced by the University is held. Mrs. Hawkins was instrumental in bringing the dance program to TROY and witnessed the first two graduates of the program receive their diplomas in 2011.
A memorial service is held to honor the memory of Dr. Don C. Hines, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business. Dr. Hines served two stints as the college’s dean and also was instrumental in starting the Troy University rodeo team.
TROY forms the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy.
TROY Trojans play in GMAC Bowl as Sun Belt Conference champions.
September—Ribbon cut on Fraternity Village.
September—Pitts Hall on the Phenix City Campus is officially dedicated in memory of the campus’ founding administrator, Dr. H. Curtis Pitts.
Work begins on Janice Hawkins Park.
The first graduating class of TROY’s first doctoral program, the Doctorate of Nursing
Practice, receives diplomas.
A new dining facility opens on the Troy Campus.
Chronicle of Higher Education names Troy 27th on top 40 list of international student enrollment.
Formal dedication of University Park facility.
Dr. Hawkins named “Citizen of the Year” by River Region March of Dimes.
Dr. Hawkins awarded “Chief Executive Leadership Award” by CASE.
February—celebrate opening of Johnson Center.
February—125th anniversary gala and public announcement of Capital Campaign.
March—celebrate opening of Confucius Institute.
December—Named Confucius Institute of the Year.
Opening of Trojan Arena with win over Mississippi State, 55-53.
North Quad renovation begins.
First sports hall of fame class inducted.
Dr. Hawkins awarded Distinguished Public Service Award by Secretary of the Air Force.
TROY alumnus Tom Davis (1981) is named executive assistant to the Chancellor, after previously serving as Director of University Relations.
August—Newman Center dedicated.
July—Troy named “Great College to Work For” by Chronicle of Higher Education.
TROY students take study-abroad trip to Cuba, a first for the University.
October—All-Steinway initiative announced.
November—R. Terry Everett Hall dedicated on Dothan Campus in honor of the longtime Congressman who represented the Wiregrass region. The building contains the University’s library and the R. Terry Everett Congressional Library.
November—Construction of New Hall begins.
March—John M. Long Hall dedicated.
March—TROY commits to international student education through joining the Institute for International Education's "Generation Study Abroad" initiative.
May—Trojan Arena named by "Learning By Design" as an outstanding project in its Spring 2014 Architectural Review Showcase.
December—$1 million donation from Rep. Terry Everett will aid School of Science and Technology.
One of nine university chancellors worldwide and the only one in North America to receive the World Confucius Institute's Individual Performance Excellence Award during the World Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen, China.
The Mike and Cindy Dodds Center, named in honor of longtime Trojan softball supporters, is dedicated, featuring an 8,000-square foot facility housing locker rooms, a player lounge, an athletic training room and hitting and pitching areas for Trojan softball.
The Troy Campus Student Success Center is renamed to the Dr. John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success, in honor of the retiring longtime administrator who served the University in a number of leadership roles, including Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. A retired Marine colonel, Dr. Schmidt came out of retirement in 2019 to once again serve the University in the role of Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
January—3+3 with Jones and Cumberland Law.
March—20th Helen Keller Lecture held.
June—Received an outstanding service award for creating and sustaining the Sino-American 1-2-1 Dual Degree Program, on the program's 15th anniversary.
August—Record sorority rush prompts need for more chapters.
September—University mourns death of Dr. Doug Hawkins.
November—Capital campaign raises $258.3 million under the direction of Dr. Jean Laliberte, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.
November—New Golf facility dedicated.
Renovation/conversion of Stewart Dining Hall begins.
School of Science and Technology created.
Dr. Hawkins presented “Great American Hero Award” by BSA’s Greater Alabama Council.
Dr. Hawkins presented Wayne Greenhaw Service Award by Alabama Humanities.
The Riverfront Campus opens in Phenix City. The project to construct a presence along the banks of the Chattahoochee River was led by Phenix City Campus Vice Chancellor Dr. David White.
Two-time national champion as a player at TROY, Mark Smartt is named the 13th head coach in the history of the Trojan baseball program. Smartt was a member of Chase Riddle’s 1986 and 1987 NCAA Division II National Championship teams.
Trojan softball coach Beth Mullins is named co-Sun Belt Coach of the Year after her first season, a year that saw the Trojans defeat three top-25 opponents including back-to-back wins over top-10 teams.
First-ever Ph.D. offered in Sport Management.
Ashkelon, Israel archeological dig for final year (Consortium with Harvard, Wheaton,
Boston University and TROY).
Opening of “New Hall,” later renamed “Rushing Hall”.
Broke ground on North End Zone project in Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Sun Belt Conference titles in Women’s Basketball and Men’s Golf. The conference title in women’s basketball, under the direction of head coach Chanda Rigby, earned the Trojans an invite to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in the history of the program. Since that time, Rigby’s squad has earned another NCAA Tournament invite, as well as the program’s first-ever invitation to participate in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.
Herb Reeves, TROY’s Dean of Student Services, receives the Boy Scouts of America’s North Star Award for his distinguished and ongoing service to youth throughout the region. The North Star Award is Scouting’s highest national award that can be given to a non-Scout volunteer for distinguished service to the youth.
Gerald O. Dial, then president pro-tempore of the University’s Board of Trustees, receives the Alabama Higher Education Partnership’s Alumni Advocates Leadership Award. Dial, who was appointed to the Board in 1991, served as president pro-tempore from 2011 to 2019.
May - Concert Chorale performs in Carnegie Hall.
Greeks ranked #3 in Alabama; Troy’s ATO chapter selected #1 in nation.
Troy University officially unveiled the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park, consisting of an amphitheater, walking trails, a lagoon, a display of 200 replica terracotta warriors, as well as other outdoor sculptures, and the International Arts Center. The IAC, located in the building that formerly hosted the campus’ dining facilities, was the vision of TROY’s First Lady, and contains the Nall Museum, the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery and classroom space for the University’s Department of Art and Design.
Broke ground on a new student recreation center.
Doubled the size of the Trojan Center food court.
Coach Neal Brown leads TROY’s football team to its best season in its FBS history with 10 wins and bowl appearance.
SBC championships in Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Golf.
Launch of Open Educational Resources Task Force to reduce cost of textbooks.
Increased study abroad scholarship to $1,000.
Confucius Institute named CI of the Year for the second time in 5 years.
A donation by Troy University Trustee C. Gibson Vance established a lecture series in the College of Arts and Sciences that will bring some of the brightest minds in the legal profession to speak to TROY students. The inaugural lecture in the Gibson Vance Distinguished Lecturer Series was Jere Beasley, founding member of the Beasley Allen Law Firm. Vance, a TROY alumnus who has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012, was elected to serve as the Board’s president pro-tempore in 2019.
Trojans defeat LSU in “Death Valley”.
North End Zone facility dedicated.
Rushing Hall dedicated.
Coleman Hall (Dothan) announced.
Study Abroad sent 22 delegations to 17 countries.
International DAP Festival/Pietrasanta, Italy.
Conducted first Malaysian graduation.
IDEA Bank announced in downtown Troy.
Sorrell College of Business gains AACSB accreditation school-wide under the leadership of TROY alumnus Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean.
Following an August fire that heavily damaged Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery, Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication Donna Schubert helped to organize the donation of surplus cameras and other equipment to the school’s broadcast program.
Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims is named Dean of the University’s College of Education.
TROY dedicated a statue of Dmitri Mendeleev, the inventor of the periodic table, in honor of Dr. Don Jeffrey, Dothan Campus Vice Chancellor. In more than 40 years of service to the University, Dr. Jeffrey has served in a number of roles, including director of aquatics, chair of kinesiology and health, dean of health and human services, interim dean of arts and sciences, interim dean of education, and interim dean of communication and fine arts.
Debbie Sanders, executive assistant to Chancellor Hawkins, is recognized for 50 years of service to Troy University.
Dr. Earl Ingram delivers the fall commencement address at the University’s Dothan Campus ceremony. Ingram retired as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the end of 2018 after 31 years of service to the University. During his time with TROY, he served as a professor, department chair, assistant dean and dean of the University’s Sorrell College of Business, regional director for the University’s European Region, Vice Chancellor of TROY Global Campus and finally, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Ray White returns as Vice Chancellor of the Montgomery Campus. White previously served as TROY’s vice chancellor for human resources before retiring. He previously served as the Montgomery Campus Vice Chancellor from 2005 to 2014.
Gen. Walter Givhan, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, is named chairman of the Alabama Historical Commission.
Dr. Lance Tatum is appointed as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Tatum, a TROY alumnus, has served the University for 20 years, including holding the positions of Vice Chancellor for the Montgomery Campus, Vice Chancellor for Global Campus, Dean of the College of Education and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
Chip Lindsey is named as TROY’s 22nd head football coach in January.
TROY alumnus Jane Beasley endows the Fred B. Davis Pre-Law Scholarship in honor of the former longtime faculty member and administrator. Dr. Davis served as a professor, department chair, associate provost and provost during his 33 years with TROY. Dr. Davis passed away in December 2019.
Sorrell College of Business School of Accountancy gains AACSB accreditation, making the College among the elite business schools worldwide.
The city of Prattville, Alabama recognized Janice Hawkins Day in March in recognition of her ongoing commitment and dedication to supporting and promoting the arts in Alabama. The First Lady was honored during a banquet and presented with a proclamation by Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr.
Scott Cross was named head coach of the TROY men’s basketball program, following one
season as an assistant coach at TCU and 12 years as the head coach at UT Arlington.
Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. becomes longest-serving CEO of public universities in the nation; marks 30th year.
TROY's Ph.D. in Global Leadership approved by SACSCOC, making the third doctoral level degree program offered.
Buddy Starling, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, announces the largest ever Fall Open House, generating nearly 1,000 applications from prospective students.
The Coleman Center for Early Learning and Enrichment is opened at the Dothan Campus in James F. Coleman Hall. The building is named for the longtime chairman of Coleman Worldwide Moving. Coleman’s son, Jeff Coleman, is the current CEO of Coleman World Group and a TROY alumnus.
Sohail Agboatwala, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, announces a record number of nearly 180 students enrolling through the 1+2+1 Sino-American Dual Degree Program at TROY. Agboatwala, a TROY alumnus who himself was a product of the University’s emphasis on internationalization, became Associate Vice Chancellor of the University’s international programs following the retirement of Dr. Curt Porter at the end of 2017.