Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. was honored Oct. 6 with the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Wayne Greenhaw Service Award.
The award, presented during the organization's annual awards luncheon in Birmingham, is given in recognition of a past or present board member for outstanding service to the Foundation. First awarded in 2012, the award is named in honor of author and journalist Wayne Greenhaw, who died in 2011.
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.
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.
Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., received the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Wayne Greenhaw Service Award during the organization's annual awards luncheon on Oct. 6. The award is given in recognition of a past or present board member for outstanding service to the Foundation. From left to right are: Sen. Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees; Dr. Hawkins; and, Alabama Humanities Foundation Board Member and TROY alumnus Al Head.