TROY – Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb will deliver the Fall Commencement address at Troy University at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Sartain Hall.
Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., TROY’s chancellor, will present diplomas to about 350 graduates during the ceremony.
Formerly of Evergreen, Chief Justice Cobb ascended to her current position in 2007 after having been elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994. In 1981, she became one of the state’s youngest judges when she was appointed District Court Judge of Conecuh County, a position to which she was elected in 1982 and re-elected in 1988. In 1997 she was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve as the alternate chief judge of the Court of the Judiciary. She is also a faculty member in the Alabama Judicial College.
Chief Justice Cobb served as president of the Alabama Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She is chair of the Children First Foundation, which is dedicated to helping make the lives and conditions of Alabama's children a top priority in our state through advocacy, awareness, and accountability. As a result of her efforts in the field of juvenile justice, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Juvenile Detention Association, the Juvenile Probation Officer Institute Outstanding Service Award, and the Children’s Voice Award.
Chief Justice Cobb is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and is a Stennis Center Pacesetter. She received the 1999 Public Citizen of the Year Award by the Alabama Chapter of National Social Workers Association, the 1996 NAACP Political Achievement Award from the Conecuh County Branch of the NAACP, the 1995 Montgomery Advertiser Woman of Achievement Award and the 1992 Judicial Conservationist Award of the Alabama Wildlife Federation. Chief Justice Cobb was recently named State Winner of the Bishop Barron State Employee Public Service Award. She is an honorary member of the Alabama Council on Crime and Delinquency. She is a past member and officer of the Evergreen Industrial Development Board. She is a member of the Farrah Law Society Board of Directors, the Montgomery Kiwanis Club, and First United Methodist Church where she plays the piano for children's choir.
Justice Cobb is past-chair of the board of the Alabama Division of the American Cancer Society. She has held numerous positions with the American Cancer Society and consequently received the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Wes Nowlin Award, and the highest national award, the St. George Medal. She has represented Alabama on the Mid-South Division Board, which includes representatives from Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky. She has also served on the National Assembly of the American Cancer Society. Justice Cobb served on the Board of Campaign for Alabama.