Troy University alumnus helps honor students for excellence

Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2008

TROY – Mr. Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and a 1971 graduate of Troy University, will deliver the keynote address at the University’s Honors Convocation April 21.

Mr. Head, recently honored by the University with its Distinguished Leadership Award, will help his alma mater recognize students for outstanding academic, character and leadership achievements during the academic year.

“This convocation is the University’s opportunity to pay tribute to the fine work of our students and honor them for their diligent efforts in the classroom,” said Barbara Patterson, director of student involvement and leadership.

Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award, presented to the outstanding faculty member of the year, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisers selects the recipient.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

Head, who has served in arts administration for more than 30 years, had a distinguished academic and athletic record at Troy University, where he was a member of the 1968 NAIA national championship football team and two-year starter at quarterback for the Red Wave.

Head, who grew up in Troy and graduated from Charles Henderson High School, has served as the executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts since 1985. Head also previously served as executive director of the Division of Arts for the Arts Council of Louisiana, executive director of the Stephen Foster Folklife Center in White Springs, FL and as assistant director of the Florida Arts Council’s Division of Cultural Affairs.