TROY mourns loss of founding Phenix City Campus leader Dr. Curtis Pitts

Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2010

PHENIX CITY—Troy University this week mourns the loss of Dr. Curtis Pitts, the founding administrator of the Phenix City Campus who oversaw more than 30 years of successful growth, development and service to students in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Dr. Pitts died on Wednesday, March 31, at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., where he had been recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in May of last year.

He led the Phenix City Campus from 1976 until his retirement in March. Under his leadership, the campus emerged as one of the leading providers of higher education to non-traditional students in east Alabama.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dr. Pitts and with the many people who were touched by him during his distinguished career,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor. “Dr. Pitts was the driving force at our Phenix City Campus. His vision was to provide the greater Phenix City-Columbus area with quality higher education programs, and his dedication has left a lasting impact on the lives of many students and within the community.”

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, April 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT at the Vance Memorial Chapel in Phenix City. The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 6, at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Phenix City.

Burial will be in Pittsview, Ala. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Troy University Foundation in memory of Dr. Pitts.

Dr. Pitts’ tenure at the Phenix City Campus was highlighted by growth on campus and successful fundraising. He oversaw the construction of three academic buildings and developed the popular “live class on tape” distance learning program, which expanded academic programs to students unable to attend class on campus.

Prior to his career at TROY, Dr. Pitts was a decorated U.S Air Force officer and fighter pilot who was a recipient of a Silver Star and Bronze Star for combat duty in Vietnam. He also received the Barry Goldwater “Top Gun” Award and served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an Action Officer.

Dr. Pitts earned a bachelor’s degree in business from TROY in 1976. He earned an M.B.A from Georgia State University in 1978 and a doctorate in education administration and leadership from Auburn University in 1982.