Troy University alumna honored by Leading Edge Institute

Posted: Monday, 17 March 2014

TROY - Troy University alumna Kelly Godwin has received the Leading Edge Institute's "Changing the Face of Leadership" Award.

Godwin, a 2002 TROY graduate, serves as assistant attorney general for the State of Alabama in the Criminal Trials Division. She specializes in crimes against children and the family. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr., first family of Troy University, and is married to TROY alumnus Adam Godwin.

The award recognizes a woman who embodies authentic, effective, ethical and compassionate leadership, said Ashley Gilbert, executive director of the Leading Edge Institute.

"Mrs. Godwin is an authentic, young, dynamic woman who is playing a role in changing the face of leadership in Alabama," Gilbert said. "She, along with many other dynamic living leaders spoke to our students during our Summer Institute. Of all the leaders the students were exposed to, Kelly was rated the highest. Because of the enthusiasm she was able to instill in our students, the board chose Mrs. Godwin to be this year's award recipient."

Godwin previously served as Section Chief of the Attorney General's Family Protection Unit. She received her Juris Doctor from Regent School.

Founded in 2000, the Leading Edge Institute develops young women to lead in government, on corporate and non-profit boards and in the community through programs such as its week-long Summer Institute, Leadership Action Opportunities and Winter Summit. The Institute mission is to prepare and empower the women of Alabama to lead the state to a more equitable and prosperous future.