TROY Trustees name Phenix City Campus building in honor of Dr. Curtis Pitts

Posted: Friday, 07 May 2010

PHENIX CITY—The Troy University Board of Trustees has voted to name an academic building at the Phenix City Campus in honor of founding administrator Dr. Curtis Pitts who passed away in March.

Board members approved the resolution during the group’s meeting in Troy today. The building housing the College of Education at the Phenix City Campus will be named “Curtis Pitts Hall” in memory of Dr. Pitts’ service, dedication and leadership.

Trustee John D. Harrison praised Dr. Pitts for his steadfast support of TROY over the years.

“He was always a number-one stalwart supporter of the University,” Harrison said. “He was truly a great Trojan.”

Trustee Allen Owen said Dr. Pitts’ leadership was instrumental in the development of the Phenix City Campus as a leading institution for non-traditional students in the Chattahoochee Valley.

“Here we are today with a beautiful campus and excellent academic buildings and we hope to do even more in downtown Phenix City,” Owen said.

Dr. Pitts was the chief administrator of the Phenix Campus since its establishment in 1975. He passed away on March 31 at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C., where he had been recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident last year

Highlights of Dr. Pitts’ tenure at Phenix City include a successful $1 million fundraising camping that exceeded its goal in a year, the establishment of the landmark “live class on tape” distance-learning initiative and the construction of three academic buildings and one maintenance building.

Dr. Pitts also laid the groundwork for a proposed future academic complex to be built on the Phenix City Riverfront.

Prior to his career at TROY, Dr. Pitts spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His skill as a fighter pilot during Vietnam was recognized with several awards including the Barry Goldwater Top Gun Award, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.

The College of Education building is the most recently completed academic building at the Phenix City Campus. The 27,000 square-foot facility was dedicated in 2001. It also houses the Center for Professional Development, computer labs and distance learning classrooms.