New students to kick off TROY experience with Odyssey Convocation

Posted: Monday, 03 August 2009

TROY, Ala.—Troy University alumna Deborah McGill will help incoming students begin their college careers on Aug. 9 at TROY’s Odyssey New Student Convocation.

McGill, a 1990 graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, which will begin at 3 p.m. in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus. The convocation, designed to introduce new students to the customs and traditions, people and places associated with the University, will also feature an address by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and the lighting of the Odyssey flame.

“Odyssey provides incoming students the opportunity to become acquainted with the traditions that make life here at TROY an enjoyable experience,” said Buddy Starling, dean of admissions. “We are very fortunate to bring in outstanding alumni like Ms. McGill to share how their TROY experience has helped them to be successful.”

McGill is a member of the industrial services team for EGS Commercial Real Estate in Birmingham where she focuses on brokerage, consulting, land development and site selection for industries. She previously served as the first director of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority (JCEIDA).

After graduating from TROY with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, McGill began her career at the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. From there, she became the City of Prattville’s first-ever economic development director, helping to assemble land for construction of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capital Hill course.

McGill serves on the national board of directors for NAIOP, the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 18,000 members in North America. A certified economic developer, McGill is active in many economic development organizations and serves as an instructor for real estate courses for the International Economic Development Council.


Deborah McGill