The Alabama Commission on Higher Education on Friday honored Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. for reaching a milestone of service at Troy University.
ACHE Chairman Charles E. Sanders, Jr. read a resolution into the record calling Dr. Hawkins “a champion for higher education” in Alabama and recognizing him for 30 years of “outstanding service to the State of Alabama and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.” Sanders also presented Dr. Hawkins with a framed copy of the resolution.
The resolution recognized Dr. Hawkins for his work to bring doctoral programs to Troy University, as well as leading the merger of the Troy State University System into the unified Troy University, an initiative known as “One Great University.” The resolution also recognized him for his service as chairman of the Council of University Presidents.
“I should be the one thanking the State of Alabama for the opportunity to serve a great University for as long as I’ve been privileged to serve,” Dr. Hawkins said. “I’m deeply honored and humbled. I can recall when the Alabama Commission on Higher Education was established in 1969. I want to thank you for your service. I know how difficult it can be.”
Dr. Hawkins became Chancellor of Troy University on Sept. 1, 1989 and this year celebrates 30 years at the helm of the University.