Troy University taps seasoned educator as dean of the Sorrell College of Business

Posted: Friday, 05 September 2007

TROY – Troy University officials have announced the appointment of Dr. Don Hines as dean of its Sorrell College of Business.

Dr. Hines, a former university president, has once before served as dean of the University’s college of business and has held a variety of private consulting concerns in addition to his service in higher education.

“Dr. Hines is a highly respected and proven leader who has the vision to lead the Sorrell College of Business,” said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. “His leadership will result in our students having a firmer grasp of their role in the global economy.”

A Ripley, Miss. native, Dr. Hines has been serving as interim dean of the college since last year, when then-dean Dr. Earl Ingram was made vice chancellor of University College, the arm of the institution that oversees all of TROY’s out-of-state and international operations.

“We are most fortunate to have someone of his experience and talent at this juncture in our University’s development,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. Ed Roach. “He is a super guy, has a great network and I’m just delighted that Dr. Hines will be leading the Sorrell College of Business.”

From 1994 until 1998, Dr. Hines served as president of the University of West Alabama before returning to TROY to teach in the business college. At the time of his appointment, Dr. Hines was dean of the Sorrell College of Business. In 2001, he co-founded Horseshoe H Consulting with his wife Candace. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and completed his doctorate in economics at the Kansas State University.

“I have for many years believed that the whole of Troy University has greatly exceeded the sum of the parts and I embrace this concept with great enthusiasm,” said Dr. Hines. “My highest priority is to create an environment within the Sorrell College where all our parts, from Heidelberg, Germany to Sarjah, UAE to Troy, Alabama, and all places in between, feel an equal participant in what we do.”

In addition to his work as interim dean and lecturer in the Sorrell College of Business, Dr. Hines was TROY’s Intercollegiate Rodeo Team Advisor from 2001-2006. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Alabama Water Resource Commission. He is the former chairman of the board of directors of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterways Development Council, and in 1998 was awarded the State Distinguished Service Award by the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts.