Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., a native of Mobile, Alabama, 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 a lieutenant
in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War. For
his combat duty, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a citation from
the Korean Marine Corps.
Dionne Rosser-Mims, Ph.D.
Dionne Rosser-Mims, Ph.D. serves as Professor and Dean of the College of Education
at Troy University. Her main areas of teaching and research include adult learning
and development, higher education administration, and leadership studies. She earned
her Ph.D. in Adult Education from The University of Georgia, and has held various
leadership positions at TROY since 2007, including a term as President of the Faculty
Kerry Palmer, Ph.D.
Kerry Palmer, Ph.D. serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Education at Troy
University. His primary responsibilities include oversite of TROY’s new Global Leadership
Ph.D., development of leadership programs across the university, teaching leadership
courses, and assisting the dean with the daily operations of the College. Dr. Palmer
received his bachelor's degree at TROY and his master's degree and PhD at Auburn University.
Prior to his appointment at TROY in 2019, he was Head of School at Trinity Presbyterian
School in Montgomery, Alabama.
John Kline, Ph.D.
Dr. John Kline received his PhD in 1970 from the University of Iowa, served five years
as a university professor, publishing articles and books, and directing doctoral dissertations
in Communication and Leadership. In 1975 he became a civilian Professor, later Dean,
and finally Academic Provost of the USAF Air University with a civilian rank equivalent
to a two-star general officer. In 2000 he became Director of the Institute for Leadership
Development at Troy University, and followed his passion to help college students
develop as leaders in the mold of the Greatest Servant Leader who ever lived.
Duane Gunn, Ph.D.
Dr. Duane Gunn is currently Director of Operations and Lecturer at the Institute for
Leadership Development, Troy University. Prior to his current position at Troy University,
he served 27 years in the United States Air Force. He had assignments in Intercontinental
Ballistic Missile operations, satellite command and control, space surveillance, spacelift
operations and over 10 years in academia. He has worked with numerous countries in
Africa (Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Uganda, South Africa,
and Zambia) to help them establish Professional Military Education systems in the
respective countries. Dr. Gunn has deployed to the Middle East (Qatar); was in the
Pentagon on 9/11 and has been permanently stationed previously in California, Wyoming,
Washington DC, Colorado, Alabama, and Alaska.
Dee Bennett, Ph.D.
After serving as a school administrator for 18 years, Dr. Bennett completed her doctorate
in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on virtual schools. She currently is working
as an assistant professor in the College of Education teaching Instructional Leadership
and Administration courses. She is an active participate in youth leadership development
and research projects within the Institute of Leadership Development. Dr. Bennett
has co-authored a textbook related to strategic planning and published numerous articles
focused on leadership traits for today’s leader.
Kelly Godwin, Ph.D.
Dr Kelly Godwin, obtained her undergraduate degree from Troy University in 2002 and
her JD from Regent University Law School in 2008. Dr Godwin spent 9 years at the Alabama
Attorney Generals Office as the director of the family protection unit and as a prosecutor
in the Violent Crimes Division where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes
against children. Dr Godwin joined the Leadership Institute in 2017 as professor where
she has created a new curriculum titled “contemporary issues for women in leadership.”
She also serves as a legal advisor for the Troy University Idea Bank. Dr Godwin has
authored multiple pieces of legislation, one particular law is named after her and
requires the mandatory reporting of child abuse by Alabama Clergy. She has served
on multiple state boards and currently serves on Pike County’s Child Advocacy Center’s
board of directors.
Ellis Bush, MBA
Mr. Ellis Bush serves as Senior Lecturer in the Leadership Development Department
at Troy University. His primary area of teaching is in the area of Emotional Intelligence
and Interpersonal Relationships. Mr. Bush received his MBA from Pennsylvania State
University and has taught in the Leadership Department at Troy for 8 years. While
at Troy, Mr. Bush has been awarded the Ingalls Award for Teaching Excellence, the
Sullivan Award for Student Development and the First Year Studies Advocate Award for
focusing on the success of first year students.