TROY – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will provide the keynote address to Troy University's largest-ever spring commencement exercise on May 10.
This spring's graduating class includes some 915 students who have filed intents to graduate, among those some 825 from the Troy Campus alone. In all, about 650 students representing 27 states and 14 countries will take part in the ceremonies.
Commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Trojan Arena, and will require a ticket for entry. Graduating students will receive instructions on how to obtain tickets for families and friends.
Gov. Bentley was elected Alabama's 53rd governor in 2010 on his promise not to accept a salary until the state reached full employment, calculated to be a 5.2 percent unemployment rate. As a result, his administration has keyed on new job creation and has seen a drop from 9.3 percent in January 2011 to 6.9 percent in January 2013. Gov. Bentley surpassed his goal of creating more than 10,000 new jobs for Alabamians in his first year in office. As a result of his efforts and his leadership, more than 17,200 new, future jobs were announced by the end of 2011. In 2012, companies in Alabama announced 20,847 new jobs, bringing the total number of jobs added to more than 38,000 in the first two years of the Administration.
Gov. Bentley has led legislative efforts to increase incentives for new businesses and industry, to protect consumers by controlling the rising cost of homeowners insurance in the state, to reform the state's pension system and to streamline government services and reduce spending.
Gov. Bentley is committed to saving Alabama taxpayers $1 billion over the next four years by "right-sizing" state government.
Prior to becoming governor, Dr. Bentley served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, serving from District 63. He was born and reared in Shelby County and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He established a dermatology practice in Tuscaloosa in 1974, and, under his leadership, Alabama Dermatology Associates grew to become one of the largest such practices in the Southeast.
Gov. Bentley co-chairs the Governor's Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse through the National Governor's Association. He also serves on that organization's Economic Development and Commerce Commission. He is the incoming chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
He and his wife of 47 years, Dianne, have four sons and six granddaughters.