TROY – Troy University will honor four alumni during Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 5 with Alumni of the Year Awards.
Andy Davis of Dorchester, Mass., Sandra Gouge of Troy, Bobby Terrell of Greenville and Lon Wise of Pensacola, Fla. were selected by the Troy University Alumni Association Board of Directors based on outstanding professional accomplishments, civic achievements and loyalty and service to the University.
The four will be honored during halftime ceremonies at Saturday's homecoming game against South Alabama. Kickoff is set for noon. In addition, the recipients will be honored at an invitation-only dinner Friday night and a breakfast reception on Saturday.
Since May 2012, Andy Davis has served as president of Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Mass. The 1992 TROY graduate began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and member of the health care services team for an accounting firm in Pensacola. In 1998, he joined Baptist Health Care in Pensacola as the hospital's director of internal audit. While at Baptist Health Care, Davis also served as a member of the measurement team for patient satisfaction.
In 2000, Davis joined Health Management Associates and was appointed to a series of posts, including assistant chief financial officer for a hospital in Anniston, Ala., chief financial officer in Van Buren, Ark., and then chief operating officer for the Franklin Regional Medical Center in Louisburg, N.C. Davis later led Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, N.C. as the hospital's chief executive officer before being named chief executive officer of the Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville, N.C.
A hallmark of Davis' career has been in consistent involvement in community organizations and charities, including local chambers of commerce, the United Way, Rotary, hospice organizations and workforce development programs. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from TROY and is a former member of the TROY basketball team.
Davis and his wife, Sonya, are the parents of a teenage daughter.
Sandra Gouge has more than 35 years as a professional in both the business and academic worlds. She currently serves as President of Gouge Marketing Group, LLC, an integrated marketing management and education firm.
Gouge devoted many years of her professional career to Troy University, retiring in 2010 after more than six years as Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication. Prior to that post, she served as Chief Advancement Officer/Executive Assistant to the President and as Dean of Students on TROY's Montgomery Campus. In addition, she has previously served in the following roles on the University's Montgomery Campus: adjunct instructor, registrar, director of the Learning Resource Center, director of admissions and academic adviser.
Gouge and her husband, Fred, are lifetime members of the Troy University Alumni Association and were founding members of the TROY Shield Society. The couple resides in Troy and has one son, Cooper, a TROY alumnus.
Gouge is a member of the Administrative Council at Troy's First United Methodist Church, the Board of Directors of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, the Troy Rotary Club, the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Pike County Chapter of the Troy University Alumni Association. She previously served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Johnson Center for the Arts. Gouge also is a member of the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame in Montgomery.
Bobby Terrell is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Terrell Enterprise, Inc., a company he began in 1975 to provide quality furniture and service to the education market in Alabama. Today, the Greenville-based business not only provides furniture solutions for schools but also for commercial, healthcare, hospitality and government applications. Through a partnership with Sport Court, the family-owned and operated business now also supplies a safe, high-performance modular sport surface to customers.
A 1959 graduate, Terrell was a member of both the TROY basketball and tennis teams during his time at the University. Immediately following graduation, he coached football and girls basketball in Blakely, Ga., before going to work for GMAC in Lake City, Fla. Terrell moved back to Greenville in 1964 and worked with American Seating Co. until 1975 when he decided to launch his own business.
An active member of the Greenville community, Terrell has coached little league baseball and football teams, been a member of the Jaycees and the Elk's Club, an elder at Walnut Street Church of Christ and a lifetime member of the FDA Dunk Club at Fort Dale Academy due to his dedication and service to the school's basketball team. He also made annual missionary trips to Guyana, South America for 22 years.
He is married to the former Mary Lou Brannon and the couple has four children, 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Both are lifetime members of the TROY Alumni Association and active members of the Butler County Alumni Chapter.
Lon Wise is the oldest living TROY football player. He and his wife, Mary, met during their time at what was then Troy State Teachers College. Lon was a junior starting guard on the Red Wave football team and Mary was a transfer student when the two met in September of 1938. Mary went on to become Miss State Teachers College in 1938. The couple was married on Dec. 26, 1940.
Following graduation, Wise left to fight in World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach D-Day plus two and fought in the Battle of Brittany, the Battle of the Bulge and throughout Germany. Following the war, he served for a time as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before returning to his true calling – teaching.
During his career in education, Wise served as principal of five schools in Escambia County and was the first principal of Pine Forest High School where he stayed until his retirement in 1980. The school's stadium is named in his honor.
Wise's legacy in education is one of building a school's faculty to be the best it could be. Even in retirement, he remained active for more than 10 years as the Secondary School Association representative for Northwest Florida.
He and Mary have been married for 72 years and have three sons and three daughters. Wise has continued to be an avid supporter and contributor to Troy University through the years. Up until 2012, the couple regularly made the trip to TROY each year for Homecoming and to attend the annual World War II era alumni reunion.
For additional information about TROY's Homecoming activities, contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 334-670-3318.