TROY - Troy University honored Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, President Pro Tem Emeritus of the University's Board of Trustees, with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during its fall commencement ceremony on Friday.
More than 500 students representing 22 states and 15 nations took part in the commencement exercises in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.
Dr. Doug Hawkins, a native of Luverne and longtime community and civic leader in TROY, was appointed to the Troy University Board of Trustees in 1980, served as President Pro Tem from 1995-2011 and remains a member of the board.
"Doug Hawkins has always provided wise counsel and support for Troy University," said TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. "Troy University has benefited immeasurably from his experience and expertise, and we are pleased to pay tribute to his dedicated service in this manner."
Dr. Doug Hawkins is noted as the chief organizer of the Greek System at TROY, chartering the Pi Kappa Phi chapter and serving as its advisor for 25 years. He also is credited as a leading proponent of the University's internationalization efforts, the move of the athletics program to the highest level of NCAA completion and many new academic programs including TROY's doctoral degrees.
Dr. Doug Hawkins has enjoyed a successful career as a veterinarian in Troy and also is author of "Turning Points," a history of Troy University.
Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., (left) and Gerald Dial, President Pro Tem of the University's Board of Trustees (right), place the academic hood on Dr. Doug Hawkins, conferring on him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Friday's fall commencement ceremony. Dr. Doug Hawkins was appointed to TROY's Board of Trustees in 1980, served as President Pro Tem from 1995-2011 and remains a member of the board.