TROY - Troy University will honor four alumni during its Oct. 17 homecoming game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
James Bruce of Troy, Stein Ove Fenne, of Windermere, Fla., Anita Griffin of Montgomery, and Charles Monk, of Nashville, Tenn. will be honored as Alumni of the Year, in honor of their outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to the University.
James "Booty" Bruce, a 1977 graduate, is general manager of Horn Beverage Company, Inc. He is actively involved with Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, is a member of the Pike Medical Foundation, and is a Rotarian. He is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon, and was an Alpha Delta Pi Big Brother while in school. A member of the Pike County Alumni Chapter and a Trojan Warrior, Bruce and his wife, Elisa, a 1985 alumna, have two daughters: Alex and Daisy.
Stein Ove Fenne is a 1993 graduate of the Sorell College of Business, and is president of Tupperware North America. He is a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of America, Southeast Region, and is a member of the board of directors of the SunTrust Bank of Central Florida. In 1993, Fenne was recruited to the Norwegian Armed Forces and graduated from the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in 1996. During his 10-year military career, he held several senior positions including marketing director, deputy-director general and was co-chairman for the NATO Visual Information Group. He helped organize the NATO Open Up Initiative "Strategies for Democratic Control of Armed Forces" in 2002. He joined Tupperware Brands as a strategic planner and held a number of senior management positions including regional vice president in the U.S., managing director of Tupperware Nordic and Baltics, and vice president of U.S. and Canada. He and wife, Trude, have four children: Josefin, Aedan, Nathaniel and Ayla.
Anita Griffin, a 1966 secondary education alumna, also holds a master's degree in special education and learning disabilities from TROY. She is a 36-year veteran of Montgomery County Public Schools, where she teaches special needs students. Griffin is district chairman-elect of the Southeast District of the Alabama Alpha Delta Kappa honorary organization for women in education. In 1972, she was named to Outstanding Leaders of American Education, and in 1974, she was selected an Outstanding Young Woman of America. She is a lifetime member of the TROY Alumni Association, secretary of the Montgomery Metro Alumni Chapter, and is a member of both the Emerald Coast and Trojan Tailgaters Alumni Chapters. She is a member of the TROY Shield Society and is a Trojan Warrior. She resides in Pine Level and has one daughter, Anissa Ratulowski, son-in-law Joe, and grandchildren Joey and Carter Ratulowski and Courtney Durden.
Charles Monk is dubbed the "Honorary Mayor of Music Row" in Nashville, Tenn. He has been involved in numerous area of the entertainment industry including acting, record production, song writing and has signed such greats as Randy Travis, Kenney Chesney, Aaron Tippin, Holly Dunn and Jim McBride. In 1983, he founding the publishing company Monk Family Music Group. In 2014, Monk was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and he is a 2015 nominee for both the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame and the Country Radio Hall of Fame. His entertainment career began in the mid-1950s sweeping floors of Geneva's WGEA radio, and working a full-time shift at WTBF radio during his attendance at Troy University. He and wife, Royce, have four children: Charles "Chip" Jr., Collins, Capucine and Cami.