Troy University Board announces new leadership

TROY, AL (WSFA) - There's new leadership on the Troy University's Board of Trustees.

Gerald Dial was elected President Pro-Tempore and John Harrison was elected Vice-President Pro-Tempore at the board meeting on July 22.

Sen. Dial takes over from long-time President Pro-Tempore Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, a Troy veterinarian. Hawkins has served on the board since 1980 and now serves as President Pro-Tempore Emeritus.

"Dr. Doug Hawkins is an inspiration to all of us. The University has grown tremendously during his leadership on the board of trustees," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. The two men are not related despite having the same last name.

Chancellor Hawkins said both Dial and Harrison are long-standing trustees, and he believes the men will be strong leaders on the board.

Dial, of Lineville, is a state senator for District 13. He was first appointed to the board of trustees in November 1991 and was reappointed to a new 12-year term in 2009. He had previously chaired the trustees' Academic Affairs Committee and was Vice-President Pro-Tempore.

Harrison, of Luverne, is the State Superintendent of Banking, and a TROY alumnus. He is a former mayor of Luverne, and was executive director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development.  He was first appointed to the board of trustees in 1996 and reappointed in 2007. He has served on the board as chair of the Finance Committee.

The board's president is Gov. Robert Bentley. Dr. Joe Morton, the state superintendent of education and an ex-officio member of the board, was also recognized for his service to the board. Dr. Morton retires from his state post at the end of the month.


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