Alumnus, former SGA President and Troy Mayor Jason Reeves will provide the keynote address at Troy University’s summer commencement exercises on July 29 in Trojan Arena.
More than 500 students from 28 U.S. states, one territory and the District of Columbia, and nine countries outside the United States will participate in Summer Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. and is a ticketed event, with each graduate being issued eight tickets.
Reeves has served as mayor of Troy since November 2012. He served in his city council seat representing District 3 for 16 years prior to becoming Mayor. First elected in 1996 at the age of 24, Reeves is the youngest elected official in Troy’s history.
Under his direction, the City of Troy has seen some of the largest growth in the City’s history. With the recent announcement of the relocation of Kimber Fire Arms and Conecuh Ridge Distillery, the Publix Supermarket development, the largest infrastructure road project to date, and downtown revitalization projects, Mayor Reeves is quickly pushing Troy to the forefront of the economic development scene. Under his leadership, industries such as Lockheed Martin, CGI, and Golden Boy Foods have expanded their operations creating hundreds of new jobs for Troy and Pike County.
In addition to his service as an elected official, Reeves serves on the Alabama League of Municipalities Executive Committee. He is the past chairman of the Southeast Alabama Gas District Board of Directors and is a member of the Troy Hospital Health Care Authority, the Troy University Athletic Advisory Committee, and the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame Board of Advisors.
He has been a member of the Troy Seniors Foundations since its inception and is a past President. He was instrumental in the foundation and formation of the Colley Senior Center through the Troy Seniors Foundation as well as the expansion and relocation of the Troy Nutrition Program. He also served on the local American Cancer Society Board and is a former Chairman for Pike County Relay for Life. Jason is a member of Rotary and First United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Elly Colquett Reeves, have four children: Will, Drew, Ben and Kate.