Alumnus author David Mallach dedicates latest novel to TROY Chancellor

March 12, 2019

Author and Troy University alumnus David A. Mallach is dedicating his latest novel, a thriller about groundbreaking science, to TROY’s groundbreaking chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.

Mallach is a Managing Director of Investments for Merrill Lynch and is also the author of seven “financial thrillers” set amidst the backdrop of finance, politics and geopolitical intrigue. His latest, “Gravity Divided” is about the ramifications of a new technology that harnesses gravity as an energy.

Mallach said it made sense to dedicate a book about innovation to Dr. Hawkins.

“I couldn’t think of anyone more appropriate,” Mallach said. “What Dr. Hawkins has been able to accomplish at TROY has been absolutely impressive.”

This is not Mallach’s first time paying tribute to Troy University with his writing. A former member of the Sound of the South marching band, Mallach named the protagonist of his first four novels “Johnny Long” in honor of TROY’s legendary band director Dr. John M. Long.

“I had great experience being tutored by Dr. Long, and he was a very important figure in my life,” Mallach said.

Mallach is a 1971 graduate with a degree in business. He been with Merrill Lynch for more than 40 years and was recognized by Barron’s Magazine as one of the top 1,000 financial advisors in America. He has also been an active supporter of TROY, serving the Foundation Board and as the keynote speaker during the Fall 2014 commencement. He has also established scholarships for both music and non-music majors who are members of the marching band.

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