TROY - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. has been appointed to the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University, based in Quantico, Va.
The board, created in 1995 by Congress, meets semi-annually to provide assistance and recommendations to the Marine Corps University president. Board members serve in an advisory role.
"Serving in the U.S. Marines was one of the high points of my life and everything I learned about leadership I learned as a platoon leader in Vietnam, so this is a great honor both personally and professionally," Dr. Hawkins said. "I am looking forward to continuing my service to the Corps in a new role."
Dr. Hawkins was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1967 as a lieutenant and served as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War. For his combat duty, he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and a citation from the Korean Marine Corps.
Appointed chancellor in 1989, Hawkins has overseen an era of change and growth at TROY, as he led the merger of the worldwide Troy State University System into the unified Troy University, an initiative called "One Great University." More than $250 million has been invested in capital improvements by the Hawkins Administration, including new academic buildings on all four of TROY's Alabama campuses. Chancellor Hawkins served as the catalyst for the University's evolution to an international institution, as TROY has attracted record numbers of students from other nations and established teaching sites around the world. During his tenure, academic standards for admission have been increased, new degree programs were established in all academic colleges, and intercollegiate athletics joined the highest level of NCAA competition.
Chancellor Hawkins serves on the board of directors of the Daniel Foundation, Business Council of Alabama, Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama, and Troy Bank and Trust Company. He is chairman of the Governor's Committee on Employment of the Disabled and immediate past President of the Sun Belt Conference. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), as Chairman of the Council of University Presidents in Alabama (1999-2001), as President of the Southland Football League, and as chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors. He has also served as a trustee of Talladega College, the Helen Keller Eye Research Foundation, and the American Foundation for the Blind.
The mission of Marine Corps University is to develop, deliver and evaluate professional military education and training through resident and non-resident programs to prepare leaders to meet the challenges of the national security environment. Another key task of the University is to preserve, promote and display the history and heritage of the U.S. Marine Corps. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the University offers masters in strategic studies, operational studies and military studies.
Under its auspices are the Expeditionary Warfare School, the Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, the Marine Corps War College, and the College of Distance Education and Training.