Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. and First Lady Mrs. Janice Hawkins present Sullivan Awards to Anna Grace Holland, Jason Frye and Dr. Michael Thrasher.

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. and First Lady Mrs. Janice Hawkins present Sullivan Awards to Anna Grace Holland, Jason Frye and Dr. Michael Thrasher.

Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty with the 2024 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Anna Grace Holland, a senior Exercise Science major from Dothan, Jason Frye, a senior English major from Monroeville, and Dr. Michael Thrasher, Dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, received the Sullivan Awards during a luncheon in their honor on Monday at the Troy Campus. The recipients were also honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation Monday night.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

“We believe that it is appropriate that we present the Sullivan Awards at Troy University,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “Our mission is to develop students into leaders with well-defined values. We believe that these values are more important today than ever in our history.”

Holland, the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2020, is an active part of the Troy Campus community. She served as President of the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority from November 2022 to November 2023. She also served as the sorority’s Vice President of Philanthropy from 2021 to 2022, Homecoming Chair in 2021, Spirit Coordinator in 2020-2021 and Pledge Class President from August 2020 to May 2021.

Dr. Hawkins and female student Sullivan Award recipient Anna Grace Holland.

In addition, Holland is completing her term as Chief of Staff of the Student Government Association and has previously served as a Senator, Chair of the Student Services Committee, and Chair of the Student Culinary Council. She served as Homecoming Director in 2022, helping to plan and organize homecoming activities for TROY students, and in 2023, was a member of the Homecoming Queen’s Court. She also has served as a Trojan Ambassador, and most recently from May 2022-2023 served as the Ambassadors’ Director of Training and Evaluation.

Holland is a member of The 87, Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society, Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society, and Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. She is a recipient of the Rose Marie Cervera Endowed Scholarship (2023), the Siter of the Year for Alpha Gamma Delta (2023) and the Lamar P. Higgins Leadership Award (2023).

Holland has played an active role within the community, serving as a volunteer for the Charles Henderson Middle School Mentorship Program, Common Ground Troy, the Salvation Army, Rise Against Hunger, the Groundwater Festival, Bush Memorial Baptist Church Mobile Food Pantry, the National Peanut Festival and the Short the Squirrel literacy initiative.

Dr. Hawkins and male student Sullivan Award recipient Jason Frye.

Frye has been an active part of the Troy Campus community. During his time at TROY, he has served as a Freshman Forum delegate (2020-2021), a Civic Scholar through the University’s Office of Civic Engagement (2020-2021), an organizer for the Troy University Unity Walk (2021), Executive Secretary for the TROY SGA (2021-2022), member of the SGA’s Higher Education committee where he helped organize and rally students for the improvement of higher education funding within the state of Alabama, and  counselor for Boys State where he helped and oversaw delegates and helped to lead nightly leadership discussions. He presently serves as President of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and has been very active within the University’s English Department. He also has served as a student representative on the Troy University STARS Board of Directors.

An excellent student, Frye was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, which recognizes freshmen who have achieved a 3.5 or higher grade-point average, and has been named to the Chancellor’s List, honoring students who earn a 4.0 grade-point average for the semester or term. He is a Troy University Leadership Scholarship recipient and has also received the Jim Stephen’s Scholarship and the Dorsey Bishop Melton, Sr. Scholarship.

For the Frye family, Troy University is a special place. Both of Frye’s parents attended TROY, as have seven of their 10 children.

Dr. Hawkins and non-student Sullivan recipient Dr. Michael Thrasher.

Dr. Thrasher became Dean of the University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts in 2022, coming from Florida State University where he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies and Interim Dean of the College of Music. His experience includes administrative and faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler, North Dakota State University, North Central Texas College and in public school music education.

An accomplished musician as a performing clarinetist, Dr. Thrasher has performed in symphony and opera orchestras in various states, including the Tallahassee Symphony (Florida), Shreveport Symphony (Louisiana), Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Symphony (North Dakota), Texarkana Symphony (Texas), and the Longview Symphony (Texas). He has also appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician in locales from Florida to California.

Dr. Thrasher’s leadership is reflected in his service to community. He volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, fundraises for nonprofit school boards, teaches Sunday School and initiated the Troy Humanity Alliance, which brings together the University and the city in order the celebrate the arts and humanities.