TROY alums serving Alabama’s two-year colleges

An education from Troy University prepares students to educate others.

An education from Troy University prepares students to educate others.

Troy University was founded in February 1887 as an institution to train teachers, and while the University has expanded its academic offerings since then, TROY has held onto its roots and continues to offer a first-class education to future educators. Of the 25 current two-year college presidents in Alabama, nine of those boast degrees from TROY.

“Troy University has a long history of preparing leaders for Alabama’s schools, and nowhere is this more evident than in our two-year system,” said Dr. Kerry Palmer, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, former Dean of the College of Education and a TROY alum. 

“We are proud to have TROY alumni leading nine of Alabama’s community colleges. From Gadsden to the Gulf Coast, TROY graduates are ensuring that Alabama has a highly trained and competent workforce to move our state into the future,” he added.

College presidents include:

Dr. Corretta Boykin, Reid State Technical College 

Dr. Kemba Chambers, Trenholm State Community College

Annette Funderburk, J.F. Ingram State Technical College

Vicki P. Karolewics, Wallace State Community College

Dr. Brock Kelley, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Daniel Long, Enterprise State Community College

Dr. Aaron Milner, Coastal Alabama Community College

Dr. Kathy Murphy, Gadsden State Community College

Dr. Linda Young, Wallace Community College-Dothan 

Chambers earned both her master’s and Educational Specialist degrees from TROY and said the education she received from the University helped prepare her to take on leadership roles.

“The courses at TROY helped me to advance my career as a mathematics teacher and enter into the world of leadership,” she said. “Being able to learn valuable leadership skills and having former administrators, such as Dr. Curtis Pitts, serving as faculty members helped me to understand real-life scenarios that I can relate to in my present role.”

Earning both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at TROY, Kelley said the connections he made as a student have continued to serve him well into his professional career.

“I’m forever grateful for my time at Troy University, and I have always been proud of the education I was afforded there,” he said. “As President of LBW, the network of peers and instructors established at TROY has been crucial to my role in creating and cultivating educational and training partnerships, which have a considerable economic impact on the communities in which we live. Troy University has always felt like home to me and will forever hold a special place in my heart.”

Knowing she wanted to be an educator, Young also earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at TROY and said she still calls on the skills she was taught during her time at the University.

“I am extremely proud to be an alumna of Troy University. Attending there was a time full of discovery,” she said. “TROY provided top-notch academic preparation for a specialized career in education. I was taught to think critically, solve problems and have the capacity to learn new things—all skills that I utilize daily in my present role as a community college president. To be sure, Troy University continues its deep-rooted commitment to provide a quality education that serves students well in their future lives, whatever direction they take.”