Media Advisory Major news conference scheduled for Wednesday, May 13

Posted: Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., Gov. Bob Riley and Postsecondary Education Chancellor Bradley Byrne will conduct a joint news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 in the Rosa Parks Museum Auditorium at 252 Montgomery Street in downtown Montgomery.

Joining the Governor and Chancellors will be various presidents of two-year community colleges (listed below and updated May 12).

Please contact the University Relations Office at 334-670-3196 or via email at to confirm attendance at this news conference.

Off-street parking for the media will be available in the parking lot at the rear of the Rosa Parks Museum. Entry into the news conference can be gained through the parking lot door. Additionally, reporters should hold questions until the question-and-answer period and until a microphone is available for use.

This conference will announce a partnership between TROY and various community colleges to allow community college students to complete a four-year degree through TROY via distance learning. The program is called eConnections.

Community colleges who have already formally agreed to partner with TROY are:

Alabama Southern
Bevill State
Bishop State
Central Alabama
Gadsden State
Jefferson Davis
Jefferson State
Lurleen B. Wallace
Northeast Alabama
Snead State
Southern Union

Attending the news conference from Postsecondary Education affiliates at date are:
Dr. W. Michael Bailey, president, Alabama Technology Network
Dr. Marilyn C. Beck, president, Calhoun Community College
Dr. Laurel Blackwell, president, Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Dr. Gary L. Branch, president, James H. Faulkner State Community College
Mr. Ed Castile, director, Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute
Dr. J. Douglas Chambers, president, J.F. Ingram State Technical College
Dr. Nancy W. Chandler, interim president, Enterprise-Ozark Community College
Dr. Robert Exley, president, Snead State Community College
Dr. Stephen Franks, president, Central Alabama Community College
Dr. Robert Glenn, president, Athens State University
Dr. Darryl Harrison, president, Gadsden State Community College
Dr. Vicki Hawsey, president, Wallace State Community College (Hanceville)
Dr. Mark Heinrich, president, Shelton State Community College
Dr. Douglas M. Littles, president, Reid State Technical College
Dr. James Lowe, president, Bishop State Community College
Dr. Helen T. McAlpine, president, J.F. Drake State Technical College
Dr. Susan A. McBride, president, Jefferson Davis Community College
Dr. Anne McNutt, president, Bevill State Community College
Dr. James M. Mitchell, president, George Corley Wallace State Community College (Selma)
Mr. Sam Munnerlyn, president, H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
Dr. Amelia Pearson, interim president, Southern Union State Community College
Dr. Herbert Riedel, president, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Dr. Perry W. Ward, president, T.A. Lawson State Community College

Please note that this attendance list, as well as the list of formal agreements, may change by May 13.