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Alumni of the Year – ‘Then, Now, Forever…TROJANS’

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Troy University has honored four Distinguished Alumni of the Year. The Awards are presented annually as a part of the University’s Homecoming activities. Honorees are presented their awards during halftime festivities of the Homecoming football game, as well as receiving recognition at other Homecoming events. This year’s honorees were: Ashley Aaron, Mike Amos, Robert P. Murchison and Robert Cam Ward. Learn more about those honored in the following profiles.

Ashley Aaron

Wherever Ashley Aaron goes, Troy University goes with him.

Whether speaking to fellow alumni or potential students, the 1993 graduate is quick to share his love for his alma mater and encourage others to do the same.

Aaron was founding member of the former Greater Montgomery Alumni Chapter where he served as vice president. Since then, the Montgomery Chapter has grown and merged to become one of the largest and most active chapters in the TROY Alumni Association.

Under Aaron’s leadership as president, the Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter recently received the Chancellor’s Award, Flag Campaign Award and the awards for most scholarship money raised and car tags purchased.

Aaron serves as the regional MetLife Group representative and holds the designations of Certified Health Consultant and Certified Professional Independent Agent.

He is a lifetime member of the TROY Alumni Association and is a member of the TROY Shield Society.

He and his wife Clay reside in Pike Road and have two sons, Will and Thomas. The family attends Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mike Amos

Next to his family, there’s not anything more important to Mike Amos than Troy University.

He’s 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 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 has also served as advisor for Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity and has been active in the organization of many alumni reunions. He is a member of the Pike County Alumni Chapter and a Lifetime member of the TROY Alumni Association.

Referred to as a TROY historian and cheerleader, Amos believes in talking up his alma mater each chance he gets. So much so, one of “his” commemorative bricks states simply: “We Are TROY.”

Active in his 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. Both Rebecca and Michael are TROY alumni.

Robert P. (Bobby) Murchison

Robert P. “Bobby” Murchison dedicated 40 years of his life to educating young people.

Even in retirement, his concern for young people and his volunteering spirit are a vital part of his life.

Murchison earned his bachelor’s in health and physical education (1961) and his master’s in administration and supervision (1973) from Troy University.

In 2001, Murchison retired 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. 

Not only is Murchison an active member of the Montgomery Metro Alumni Association, but he is also an active member of his community. 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.

Robert Cam Ward

Robert Cam Ward has devoted much of his life to public service.

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.

While at TROY, Ward served as Student Government Association president. He is a Lifetime Member of the TROY Alumni Association.

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 Advocated, 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.

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