TROY - The Alabama Humanities Foundation has named Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. the recipient of its Wayne Greenhaw Service Award.
The award is given in recognition of a past or present board member for outstanding service to the Foundation. It will be presented on Oct. 6 during the organization's annual awards luncheon.
Dr. Hawkins has served on the AHF board and has hosted AHF institutes, workshops and other functions at Troy University, in addition to providing funding to the Foundation through his work with the Daniel Foundation.
"At the core of a civilized society you find the humanities. I am humbled to be recognized by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Wayne Greenhaw was a personal friend and I am honored to receive an award which bears his name." Dr. Hawkins said.
A native of Mobile, Dr. Hawkins was named Chancellor in 1989, and has overseen an era of change and growth at TROY. He led the merger of the worldwide Troy State University System into the unified Troy University, an initiative called "One Great University." More than $250 million has been invested in capital improvements by the Hawkins Administration, including new academic buildings on all four of TROY's Alabama campuses. Chancellor Hawkins served as the catalyst for the University's evolution to an international institution, as TROY has attracted record numbers of students from other nations and established teaching sites around the world. During his tenure, academic standards for admission have been increased, new degree programs were established in all academic colleges, and intercollegiate athletics joined the highest level of NCAA competition.
Dr. Hawkins' professional background includes his service as an assistant dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1971-1979) and as president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega (1979-1989).
Hawkins serves on the board of directors of the Daniel Foundation, Business Council of Alabama, Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama, and Troy Bank and Trust Company. He is chairman of the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Disabled, is a member of the board of visitors of Marine Corps University, and is immediate past President of the Sun Belt Conference. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), as Chairman of the Council of University Presidents in Alabama (1999-2001), as President of the Southland Football League, and as chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors. He has also served as a trustee of Talladega College, the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation, and the American Foundation for the Blind. He is a member of the Troy Rotary Club.