Byrne to keynote TROY's summer commencement

Posted: Thursday, 09 July 2009

TROY—Former State two-year colleges Chancellor Bradley Byrne will provide the commencement address at Troy University.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on July 24 in Sartain Hall. About 242 students from 12 states and 12 nations are expected to participate.

Byrne was appointed by the Alabama State Board of Education in May 2007 as Chancellor of the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education to serve as the two-year college system’s chief executive officer.

In serving more than 300,000 people per year and with a budget of over $1 billion, the Alabama College System includes 21 community colleges, four technical colleges, Marion Military Institute, Athens State University, the Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute, and the Alabama Technology Network. In his role as Chancellor, Byrne also serves as Chairman of the State Workforce Planning Council.

A native of Mobile, he practiced law for more than 25 years. In 1994, he was elected to the Alabama State Board of Education, serving two terms before being elected to the State Senate representing District 32. During his two terms in the Senate, Byrne served on the Education Committee, the Education Budget Committee, the Judiciary Committee and chaired the Joint Oversight Committee on State Parks.

Byrne has received several awards for his advocacy of Alabama education, including the Phi Delta Phi Outstanding Lay Person Award in 1998, the Alabama Association of School Boards’ Champion for Children Award in 2004, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools Legislative Leadership Award in 2004, and the South Alabama Literacy Champion Award in 2006.

Byrne’s commitment to conservation earned him the Legislator of the Year Award from the Alabama Wildlife Federation in 2005.