Troy University Student Success Center named in honor of retiring administrator

Posted: Monday, 04 August 2014

TROY - Troy University's Student Success Center has been named in honor of Dr. John W. Schmidt, a longtime senior administrator who retired at the end of July.

Troy University Trustees approved a resolution during their July 24 meeting renaming the center, which is located inside Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus and provides programs and services that enhance students' academic achievement, personal and social growth, campus and civic engagement, career development and persistence to graduation.

"The naming recognition is humbling and an honor," said Dr. Schmidt. "Yet, the real satisfaction comes from knowing that this center now adds value to students' lives and their own success here at Troy University. That of itself is its own reward and recognition – one that I will always treasure in a spirit of service to Troy University."

Dr. Schmidt joined the senior administration of Troy University in 1994 and has served in several key leadership positions, including Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and his current position, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations.

Dr. Schmidt worked to create a program to help first-year students excel and develop centers to help foster their academic, social and personal success. He also provided leadership for the University's first two capital campaigns and led the implementation of a first-year common reader program that has led to a University-wide emphasis on creating a culture of reading.

"Find a need and fill it is a Trojan mantra," Dr. Schmidt said. "In other words, take the initiative, which is an easily understood concept from my Marine Corps days as well. Closely aligned is another USMC principle to serve those you lead. Both elements converged in earning my doctorate – improve first-year student success and then serve them well. Through a guiding coalition of faculty and staff, our Student Success Center was born. Truly, the Center is the work of many hands."

Dr. Schmidt also led the development of the Newman Center, a value-focused learning community residence hall, and facilitated the construction of Trojan Village, a 500-person residence hall complex.

A retired United States Marine colonel, Dr. Schmidt was also honored at a luncheon on July 31, when it was announced the creation of the Dr. John Schmidt Athletic Ministries Fund, which will be used to enhance outreach and campus-wide service for student athletes.

Presentation to Dr. John Schmidt

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., left, and Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the Board of Trustees present Dr. John Schmidt with a resolution naming the University's Student Success Center in his honor. Dr. Schmidt retired July 31, after 20 years of service to the University.