About 130 Troy University students will walk across the stage Sunday at the Dothan Civic Center to receive their degrees during fall commencement exercises.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Earl Ingram will deliver the keynote address to students during the ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m.
Ingram served on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1971 in numerous operational, training and staff positions in aviation units, the Field Artillery and the Air Defense Artillery. While on active duty, he served in an Assault Helicopter Company and on a Combat Aviation Battalion operations staff in the Republic of Vietnam and was decorated for valor, receiving the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and Unit Citations.
From 1972, when he left active duty with the Army, until 1991, Ingram served in the Alabama Army National Guard in aviation and logistic operational and command units. He continued serving in the active reserve until retiring at the rank of colonel in 1995.
Ingram joined TROY in 1987, teaching for three years the College of Business. He was then appointed to serve as the regional director for the European Region. Returning to Troy in 1995, he served in the Sorrell College of Business as department chair, assistant dean and dean.
From 2006 to 2011, he served as the Vice Chancellor of TROY Global Campus. In this position, he was the senior administrator responsible for the University’s educational programs outside the state of Alabama, at teaching locations throughout the world and to online learners through eTROY. In September 2010, he was appointed interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and in May 2011, that appointment was made permanent. In that capacity, he serves as the chief academic officer for the university.