Troy University announces Senior Vice Chancellor changes

A photo of the Adams Administration Building at the Troy Campus in springtime.

Troy University will see a change in its Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration starting in May.

Dr. Royce H. “Hank” Dasinger will return to his roots with the U.S. Air Force when he leaves TROY at the end of the April to become the Dean of the Community College of the Air Force. Dasinger, a USAF veteran, came to TROY in 2016 to lead the College of Education before becoming Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration in 2018.

“Troy University has benefited from Dr. Dasinger’s experience and leadership skills, both in the College of Education and in his role as a member of our Senior Leadership Team,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. “Hank will be missed, but we wish him well as he turns his attention back to educating the men and women of the USAF.”

Before coming to TROY, Dasinger was President of Ingram State Technical college and served in several capacities at Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.

“Helping students and professionals grow as leaders is my passion, and I am grateful for the chance to carry out this mission alongside the staff and faculty of Troy University,” Dasinger said. “I am thankful for my time at TROY, but I am excited about this new opportunity to meet the educational needs of the Air Force’s enlisted personnel.”

A veteran Marine and Troy University administrator, Dr. John W. Schmidt, has been tapped to take over as Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration effective May 6.

A photo of Dr. John W. Schmidt
Dr. John W. Schmidt

Dr. Schmidt originally joined Troy University in 1994 following 25 years of service in the US Marine Corps. During his military experience he led Marines in two wars and was decorated for his combat duty.

Schmidt, who retired from Troy University in 2014 after 20 years of service, held several key leadership positions at TROY, including Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations and Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services.

During his tenure at the University, Schmidt worked to create a program to help first-year students excel and foster their academic, social and personal success. The John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success was named in his honor in 2014. Schmidt provided leadership for the University’s first two capital campaigns and led the implementation of a first-year common reader program that led to a University-wide emphasis on creating a culture of reading.