Three TROY professors named 'Honorary Members' of Army regiment

Posted: Monday, 22 March 2010

FORT BRAGG, N.C.—A trio of Troy University professors have been honored by the U.S. Army for their service to the Civil Affairs Branch (CA) and Psychological Operations (PsyOp) community.

Dr. Jim Rinehart, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. George Poteat, a retired associate professor, and Dr. David Hayes, an assistant professor with the University’s Atlantic Region, are among those selected as the first class of inductees named as “Honorary Members of the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Regiment,” by order of Secretary of the Army, John McHugh. Also selected, was retired Army Col. Norvell DeAtkine. The ceremony was the highlight of last Thursday’s 95th Civil Affairs Brigade Formal at Ft. Bragg.

From 1990 to 2001, Troy University delivered the Master of Science in International Relations degree program with a concentration in Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) at Fort Bragg. The program allowed more than 400 officers to complete a Masters degree as a component of their CA or PsyOp advanced training. Drs. Rinehart, Poteat, and Hayes were all professors in the program for much of that time. In addition, TROY was responsible for the operation of the (SWCS) Regional Studies Course; a non-degree certification program that focused on political-military analysis in five major areas of the world.

“This is a great reflection on the TROY faculty who served the CA and PsyOp community at Fort Bragg in such a distinguished way,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, Vice Chancellor of Global Campus, the branch of the University that provides educational opportunities outside of TROY’s four Alabama campuses, and operates the University’s eCampus.

“Many of the students that we had during those years now comprise the senior leadership of the Civil Affairs Branch,” said Dr. Rinehart. “Troy University has a long history of service to the CA community and this recognition solidifies TROY as the school of choice for CA officers seeking their graduate degrees well into the future.”

Currently, TROY offers the international relations masters degree on Fort Bragg but also offers expanded undergraduate and graduate degrees through its Fayetteville site. In addition, both military and civilian students access 13 undergraduate degrees and eight graduate degrees through the University’s eCampus.


The U.S. Army Civil Affairs Branch honored three Troy University professors by inducting them into its Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. Thursday. Inducted were, from left, Dr. George Poteat, a retired associate professor; Dr. Jim Rinehart, former chair of the University’s Political Science Department and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. David Hayes, an assistant professor of international relations; and retired Army Col. Norvell DeAtkine. (TROY photo)