TROY - Troy University officials on Saturday dedicated the Center for Student Success in honor of Dr. John W. Schmidt, a retired University administrator.
Schmidt, who served the University in leadership positions including Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and most recently Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, retired at the end of July after 20 years of service. Troy University Trustees approved a resolution at their July 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.
"When Dr. Schmidt began to work on his doctorate, you just knew his research was going to be useful and meaningful for Troy University and our students," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "This Center in which we stand today that is beneficial to so many of our students grew out of Dr. Schmidt's dedication, research and efforts."
A retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, Dr. Schmidt was engaged in student success efforts throughout his TROY career. He worked to create a program to help first-year students excel and developed centers to help foster their academic, social and personal success.
"I'm incredibly humbled by this recognition, but this was a team effort," Dr. Schmidt said. "I appreciate Dr. Hawkins giving me the opportunity to add value to our students' academic and life experience."
Dr. Schmidt 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 engaged reading. 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 on the Troy Campus.
In addition to the dedication, Dr. Schmidt was also presented with the University's Outstanding First Year Advocacy Award, presented annually in recognition of service and support to the First Year Studies program and dedication to ensuring students' successful transition from high school to college.
Troy University officials dedicated the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success in Eldridge Hall on the Troy Campus on Saturday. From left to right are: Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the TROY Board of Trustees; Trustee Karen Carter; Dr. John W. Schmidt, former Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations who retired at the end of July; and, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor.