TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. has announced the selection of five faculty and staff members to participate in the 2010 Chancellor’s Fellows Program.
Selected were: Dr. Amanda Andrews, associate professor and chair of the Department of Athletic Training on the Troy Campus; Ms. Sandy Atkins, associate director of athletics for internal affairs/senior woman administrator; Dr. Charlotte Minnick, associate professor and multi-campus director of teacher education, accreditation and certification for the College of Education; Dr. Dan J. Puckett, associate professor of history at the University’s Montgomery Campus; and Mr. Christopher Shaffer, director of the library on the University’s Dothan Campus.
The program is directed by Dr. John Kline, distinguished professor of leadership and director of TROY’s Institute for Leadership Development. Kline, a former university provost and senior executive in the federal government, is uniquely qualified to direct the program — a program Chancellor Hawkins believes will “help selected faculty and staff members move into positions of responsibility, prepared for the task of leading Troy University in the years ahead.”
The fellows were nominated by TROY deans, directors or vice chancellors and selected by the Chancellor to participate in the program. Graduates over the past five years include: Dr. Lance Tatum, dean of the College of Education; Buddy Starling, dean of Admissions, Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor for business services; Herbert Reeves, dean of student services; Dr. Robin Bynum, associate dean of the College of Education; Marcus Paramore, director of government relations.
“The Chancellor’s Faculty and Staff Fellowship Program enables qualified full-time faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University,” Dr. Kline said. “Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and past service to the University.”
The experience spans the spring and summer academic semesters during which the Fellows will have the opportunity to visit other campuses, benefit from briefings and meetings with senior University officials and take part in several field trips and visits with state education officials, business leaders and state government officials, according to Kline. Each fellow is mentored by a member of the University’s senior administration.
The fellows will complete two weeks of intensive executive leadership and management training, which includes sessions with Chancellor Hawkins, Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost, Dr. John Dew, associate vice chancellor for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, Dr. Hank Findley, chair of business programs and Dr. Kline.
Amanda Andrews is associate professor and chair of the Department of Athletic Training on the Troy Campus. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Buffalo, her M.S. is in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her Ph.D. in Human Performance with an emphasis in administration and teaching is from the University of Southern Mississippi. An active contributor to the profession of athletic training, Andrews serves as the District IX representative on the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) student committee, the NATA Research and Education Foundation scholarship committee, planning committee for Student SEATA and as a national accreditation reviewer. She has also had the opportunity to work with athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and has served on the National Exam writing committee. A native Western New Yorker, Andrews lives in Troy.
Sandy Atkins is associate director of athletics for internal affairs/senior woman administrator for Troy University. Atkins oversees the 17-sport program, is responsible for programs and support staff, the business office and compliance and academics for the department, including interface with NCAA, SACS and EADA. She works with head coaches to coordinate scheduling, coordination, development and monitoring of budgets for all sports and the overall athletics department budget; assists in formulation, implementation and enforcement of departmental policies; oversees strategic planning for the athletics department; and is second in command for the department. Atkins is a native of Sweet Water, Ala., and a 1995 graduate of TROY who earned all-conference honors in softball after earning All-America honors at Shelton State Community College. Early in her career, Atkins worked with Northwest Financial Group, earned her Master’s in Sport Management from Kentucky and was assistant director of compliance for the SEC.
Charlotte Minnick is an associate professor and multi-campus director of teacher education, accreditation and certification for the College of Education at Troy University. Minnick holds the following degrees: B.A., St. Mary’s University; M.A., University of Florida; and Ph.D., Florida State University. Under Minnick’s administration, Troy University’s Alabama campuses received, for the first time, single unit national accreditation. Minnick is president of the Alabama Certification Officers and Other School Personnel Association, a member of TROY’s Alpha Delta Kappa, and is currently hosting TROY’s Visiting Scholar, Venerable Kou, a Cambodian Buddhist Monk. Spearheading the College of Education’s Initial Study Abroad, Minnick coordinated students and faculty traveling to Cuenca, Ecuador. Previously, she served as legislative Intern to the Florida House of Representatives Education Committee. She was executive director of the State of Florida Education Standards Commission, reporting directly to the Florida Legislature and Cabinet.
Dan J. Puckett is associate professor of history at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus. He earned his B.S. and M.A.T. degrees from the University of West Alabama (91, 93) and his Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University (05). Puckett taught eight years in California before returning to Alabama in 2005 to teach European history at TROY. He led a Study Abroad student tour to France in 2009 and will lead a tour to Eastern Europe on the History of the Holocaust in the summer of 2010. He has presented at numerous international conferences and symposia and published articles on Birmingham’s Jewish community, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Rosa Parks and Scottsboro. He is finishing his book, The Jim Crow of All the Ages: Adolf Hitler, Race, and Civil Rights in the Heart of Dixie, 1933-1948, which will be published by the University of Alabama Press. Puckett lives in Wetumpka with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Mae.