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George Hughes (1966) recently retired from Wayne Farms in Enterprise after 38 years in the poultry business.

Lib Burns (1969) recently retired as a science teacher at Dauphin Junior High School in Enterprise. She taught for 39 years.

Deborah Bradley (1971, 1975, 1999) has been inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame in Columbus, GA. Bradley was selected by the Board of Directors into the nation’s most prestigious hall of honor for America’s high school band directors. Her vast accomplishments in band, as well as with the Women Band Directors International, have lead to the selection for this national honor. She has served as an officer for the Women Band Directors International for over ten years. In 1986, Bradley received the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation; and in 2001, she received the Outstanding Service to Music Award (OSMA) from the national board of Tau Beta Sigma. She is currently a staff director for the Lowndes High School “Georgia Bridgemen” and Band Director for Lowndes Middle School. 

Nancy Crowe (1972) recently retired after 36 years of teaching in Elba City Schools.

Charles Ash (1976), Troy University head athletic trainer, was recently inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame Class of 2008.

James E. Parker (1978) has been named assistant state attorney and supervising attorney for the Santa Rosa County (FL) Office of the State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit. He has worked for the State Attorney’s Office since 1992.

Wanda McCall (1979) was recently named as Selma High School’s first female principal.

W. Allen Foster (1980, 1988), chief executive officer of Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, was recently named as a member of the board of trustees of the Alabama Hospital Association.

Jeff Brannon (1981), chief executive officer of Medical Center Enterprise, was recently named secretary- treasurer of the Alabama Hospital Association’s board of trustees.

Andy Whitaker (1981) is publisher and owner of Wildlife Trends Journal. The publication recently won the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award for Conservation Communicator of the Year from the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

Eddy Garner (1982) recently received his Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans.  He currently serves as the Director of Missions for the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association in the Shoals area.  He served for 18 years as the Baptist Campus Minister at the University of North Alabama.

Terece Shehan (1983) has been appointed vice president of The Securance Group, a full-service, independent insurance agency headquartered in Brewton.

Henry Wilson (1983) and his wife Maxine have joined Weichert Realtors – Sea-N-Shore in Gulf Shores. Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He previously worked as a construction and environmental director. He is also presently a Baptist minister.

Lynn Cagle Maiden (1985) recently joined Virginia College in Birmingham as program director for the proposed School of Nursing.

Donna Stark (1985, 1987) has been named principal of Mixon Elementary School in Ozark. A native of Troy, Stark is also a former Troy University employee.

Ken Grimes (1990) is the new city administrator for Orange Beach. He has served as president of the Orange Beach Lions Club and in various positions with the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Education Foundation, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the First Baptist Church of Orange Beach.

Chere Johnson (1990) has been named as business office manager for Alabama Power’s Headland office. She resides in Echo with her husband Jamie and their three children.

Dean Griffin (1991) is the new president and chief executive officer at Decatur General Hospital. He had served in the post on an interim basis since July 11. Griffin previously served four years as chief executive officer of Baptist Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus, MS. He holds a Master of Business Administration from TROY.

Susie Wismer Kingry (1991) has been named Substance Abuse Professional of the Year by the Alabama Council of Community Health Mental Health Board. She currently serves as substance abuse director for SpectraCARE in Dothan.

Jackie Steube (1991) was recently named assistant headmaster of Edgewood Academy.

Charles Alford, II, (1993) has been named the new principal at Luverne High School. He previously served as the school’s assistant principal.

Derek Ellis (1993) is employed as an athletic trainer in Chipley (FL) Rehabilitation.

Darren Phillips (1994) is employed as an athletic trainer at Southern Bone & Joint in Enterprise.

Branda D. Bryan (1995) is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Southern Bone & Joint in Dothan.

Jason Calhoun (1995) is employed as an athletic trainer with a group of physicians in Birmingham.

Ashley Oglesby Catrett (1995, 1997) has been appointed principal at Brantley School.

Stephen Hauck (1995) has been named an anchor for CBS-42 News at Ten in Birmingham.

Todd Killingsworth (1995) is employed as an athletic trainer at Southern Bone & Joint in Dothan.

Diana Montgomery (1995) is currently employed as a clinical coordinator at Troy University.

Jay Thomas (1995) has joined The Selma Times-Journal as news editor.

Miranda Watson (1995) has been named headmaster of Lakeside School in Eufaula. She has served as dean of academics at Lakeshore for the past two years.

Chad Yarbrough (1995) has joined Troy Bank and Trust as vice-president and commercial loan officer for business development.

Juan R. Carpenter (1996) was recently promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army.

Sherri J. Guinn (1997) is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Rehab Associates in Montgomery.

Susan Weedon (1997) is self-employed.  She owns her own rehabilitation center in Montgomery.  She is the mother of twin boys.

Derek Young (1997) is employed as an athletic trainer at Champion Sports in Birmingham.

David Bush (1998) is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Champion Sports in Birmingham and also part-time at Charles Henderson High School in Troy.

James Oliver (1998) was recently named band director at Pike County High School.

Lakicia R. Cooke (1999) recently graduated from Indiana University with a master’s degree in kinesiology. She will continue her career as a captain in the U.S. Army and will be assigned to the United States Military Academy, West Point, as an instructor in the department of physical education.

Jennifer Atchinson Dale (1999) is currently an executive producer at Raycom’s new NBC affiliate WMBF-TV in Myrtle Beach, SC. She earned a national Edward R. Murrow Award in July 2008 for a special she produced at WKRG titled Mobile’s Makeover. The story was about economic development in the Mobile area.

Brent Ray (1999) graduated with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science on June 6.  At the Scholl College, Ray participated in several activities, including college class president, writer for the student newspaper Murmurs, Illinois Podiatric Medical Students’ Association executive council member and American Association of Podiatric Sports Medicine member.  He will begin a three-year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT.

Jeff Ruffin (1999) is employed as head athletic trainer at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Chris Hand (2000) has been named as principal of Councill Middle School in Dadeville.

Carrie Stewart (2000) is employed as assistant athletic trainer at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA.

Will Todd, Jr., (2000) recently received his Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama. He has been employed with the Atlanta (GA) Public Schools district for the past 20 years as a secondary mathematics instructor and center office mathematics specialist.

Allison Burton (2002) is the new vice principal at W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley. She previously taught at Eastside Elementary School and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Andrew Clark (2002) has joined BankTrust in Brewton. He holds a degree in marketing from TROY.

Scot Hemmings (2002, 2005) has been named head baseball coach at Central-Phenix City High School. He has coached the last four years at Andrew College.

Eric Law (2002) will soon start his residency in family practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham’s School of Medicine.  Law is a native of Troy.

Kimberly Gail Norman (2002) recently earned a doctorate in cell biology from Vanderbilt University.

Caleb Gardner (2003) recently graduated from the University of Birmingham Optometry School and has set up practice in his hometown of Greenville.

Emily Millard (2003) has been named assistant athletic trainer at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.  Millard is a native of Ozark.

Travis Ramey (2003) has received the Ralph Wyatt Adams Scholarship and has been admitted to the University of Alabama School of Law. Ramey, who received his bachelor’s degree in political science from TROY, scored in the 96th percentile nationally on the LSAT.

Stephanie Terry (2003) recently graduated from the University of Alabama Physicians’ Assistant School.  Stephanie is a native of Prattville.

Lee Fortune (2004) has formed Lee Fortune Ministries and travels throughout the Southeast United States performing Gospel-style music.

Lee Fountain (2004) recently joined the Atmore Police Department.

Kelsey McLemore (2004) is currently employed at the Andrews Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

Shannon M. Tait (2004) has been a deputy sheriff with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for over three years.  She was selected by the supervisory staff as the 2007 Sworn Employee of the Year Runner-up.  Tait was chosen for her exceptional performance and contributions to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Matt Crutchfield (2005) is currently employed as an athletic trainer at Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale.

Lance Gainous (2005) is the new band director at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton. He previously served as band director at Russell County High School.

Casey Nordstrom (2005) recently received her master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Health Science.  She is currently employed at Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL.

Jason Smith (2006) has been named as a commercial loan officer at Southern States Bank. Smith will serve as vice president of commercial lending.

Amanda Pouncey (2007) is a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi.

Mallory Cescutti (2008) has received the American Sports Medicine Institute Award 2008.  She will be attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physicians’ Assistants School.

Brittany Desotell (2008) has received the American Sports Medicine Institute Award 2008.  She will be attending Virginia Tech as a graduate assistant.

Brooke Jackson (2008) has received the Kenny Howard Fellowship Award.  She will be attending Auburn University as a graduate assistant.

Lindsey Smith (2008) has received the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Scholarship Award for 2007-2008.  She also received the Graduating Senior Scholarship Award.  Smith will be attending McNeese State in Lake Charles, LA, as a graduate assistant.

Stacee Strength (2008) is the new director of public relations and development for the Lee County Humane Society.

Alexander Ellis Vaughn (2008) has been accepted to the University of Alabama Law School. He graduated with honors from TROY in May with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Share your latest news and achievements with us. Send your information, along with the year you graduated, to alumdev@troy.edu.

Weddings and Engagements
A. Rea (1998) to Robert Clifton
Edward D. Mott (1999) to Dotty Stallworth
Reta S. Taylor (1999) to Keith Creel (2000)
Carl M. Williams (1999) to Delisa Dale Otey
Kristen L. Henderson (2004) to Lee Hyde (2006)
Melanie Bennett (2005) to David Adams (1993)
Amanda M. McCurley (2005) to Cory Wise
Jennifer N. Register (2005) to Phillip Green
Peyton Williamson (2005) to Blake Gradwell (2007)
Haley G. Gilmore (2006) to Todd Clements
Jordan M. Medeiros (2007) to Arington Hart (2006)
John D. Outlaw (2007) to Brittany Amuse
Michael A. Pickron (2007) to Ingrid Patterson
Melissa G. Redden (2007) to Richard Pawlak
Candace Sasser (2007) to Daniel Tucker
Nikki Hussey (2008) to Jamie Craig

In Remembrance
TROY Alumni
Andy Williams
1939 – Dorothy R. Green
1942 – Homer S. Coskrey
1953 – Robert D. Beasley
1953 – Johnnie William McCurdy
1959 – Celia Nell Jones
1967 – Dannis L. Cain, Sr.
1970 – Aaron B. Martin
1972 – Dorothy C. Mullins
1973 – Mary Anne Moore
1974 – Mary Pearl Adams Nichols
1974 – Frederick Michael Pinto
1975 – William A. Gaither
1975 – Joel Ray Richardson
1978 – Joseph E. Watson
1979 – David C. Bradley
1979 – Kenneth Lawell
1980 – Gary Owen Waters, Sr.
1983 – Mary Blythe
1984 – Enola McNeal Wigley
1985 – William J. Goodson
1988 – Nancy Jean Enfinger
1989 – Bennie Joe Clenny
1990 – Mary R. Young
1996 – Boyd Gorman Roberts
1998 – Bobby Gunter
2001 – Joan M. Davis
2001 – Ralph Martin Hornsby
2002 – Phillip Todd Horne
2004 – Michael Louis Bell

TROY Friends
Annie Kate Cummings
Joan K. Lewis
Jack W. Smith
Rex Turner, Jr.

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