Board of Trustees gives green light to convocation center project

Posted: Friday, 11 December 2009

TROY, Ala.—Troy University trustees today gave the green light to architects to draft technical plans for the University’s new convocation center and multi-purpose arena.

The board action, and its ratification of a $62.7 million bond issue, paves the way for the construction of the center which will provide both a basketball venue and a state-of-the-art multi-use meeting facility.

Proceeds from the bonds are also financing the now under-construction student housing Fraternity Village project and a new dining hall that is currently in the design phase.

Architects presented conceptual designs that incorporate a 5,000- to 5,600-seat basketball arena and multipurpose spaces, and anticipate the building to be in use by fall 2011.

TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., who briefed the board on on-going operations, said that private donations would play a crucial role in the construction of the center.

Dr. Hawkins also commended the University’s task force for its work in securing reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and asked Provost Dr. Ed Roach to more fully brief the board on the reaffirmation process.

“This really completes our unification process begun nearly 10 years ago,” he said. “We are now truly ‘one great university’.”

SACS notified the University on Dec. 8 that its accreditation had been reaffirmed, marking the first time in more than 30 years that all parts of the University, which has operations on four campuses in Alabama, in 15 other states and 12 locations outside the United States, have fallen under one academic accreditation.

“This means the establishment of one curriculum where a student can start in one location and finish in an entirely different location without any loss of credit,” Dr. Roach said. “Our operation is very complex and we have more work to do, but this reaffirmation is a major, major milestone for the University.”

The board also heard reports from University finance officials, the Athletic Department, and Sunbelt Conference commissioner Wright Waters, and approved a resolution commending retiring employees.

Dr. Larry E. DiChiara

Troy University Athletic Director Steve Dennis briefs the University’s Board of Trustees during its meeting Friday afternoon in Hawkins Hall. Trustees are, from table head to right, Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, president pro-tem; Mrs. Debbie Sanders, recording secretary; Student Government Association President Jonathan Davis; trustees Allen Owen; Charles Nailen; State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joe Morton; Roy Drinkard; John Harrison; Ed Crowell; Karen Carter; and Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., who serves as secretary to the board. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)