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Troy University (2012)

Brief Description:

Troy University - Founding Celebrations  

Troy University, founded in 1887, is a comprehensive university of more than 28,000 students. The university operates four campuses in Alabama in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery and Phenix City. Through its Global Campus division, the university operates more than 60 locations outside of Alabama in 16 U.S. states and seven nations. Troy University is a worldwide leader in distance education, teaching more than 15,000 students across 13 time zones online. Troy offers more than 100 degree programs through five colleges: arts and sciences, business, communication and fine arts, education, and health and human services. All programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Mission Statement:

Troy 125 sealTroy University is a public institution comprised of a network of campuses throughout Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy's dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its application to lifelong success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship and research.

President's Quote:

“It is an exciting time in the life of Troy University. Of the 100 colleges founded in our founding year of 1887, 27 are now defunct. Troy University has thrived because we stand on the rock of our founding principles. The university’s motto in 1887, ‘Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel and the body to act,’ remains just as true today.” Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor

Major Accomplishments:

  • The first graduating class of the university’s first doctoral program, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, received diplomas in April 2011. The DNP was launched in 2009 to augment associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, attempting to fill a shortfall in Alabama for both practicing nurses and nurse educators. 
  • Since 2000, Troy University has completed more than $100 million in capital improvements, including a new education building dedicated in 2009 and a new dining facility and a new fraternity village dedicated in 2010. 
  • In January, four Troy University online programs in business, education and nursing were named an honor roll program by U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever “Top Online Education Program” rankings.


Fun Facts:

  • TROY has won three national football titles: the NAIA championship in 1968 and the NCAA Division II championships in 1984 and 1986. In all TROY has won 11 national titles in four sports. 
  • Troy has had three alumni compete on CBS’s hit reality television show “Survivor,” and two have won. 
  • Troy has home to the award-winning Rosa Parks Library and Museum, built on the site of the former Empire Theatre in Montgomery, Ala., where Ms. Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus. 
  • Troy’s Alumni Association charted its first international chapter in Kirov, Russia, in 1998 with eleven local alumni as members.
  • Troy’s long history of service to the military began in 1951 with extension classes at the U.S. Army Base Fort Rucker, then called Camp Rucker, in 1951. 
  • Troy was the first American university to award the baccalaureate degree in Vietnam.


Notable Alumni:

  • Dr. Manley Johnson, economist, former vice chancellor of the Board of Governors, of the U.S. Federal Reserve System
  • McDowell Lee, nation’s longest-serving legislative secretary; served as Secretary of the Alabama State Senate 1963-2010
  • Kevin Kregel, a NASA astronaut and mission commander for the February 2000 mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour
  • Demarcus Ware, all-Pro defensive standout for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Tom Foreman, a CNN political correspondent and host of This Week at War and This Week in Politics 
  • Lynne Koplitz, stand-up comedian/actress



“I loved my time at Troy. I was able to get some real-world experience at Troy through working with the student union and through internships I was able to get. Those were fun and valuable experiences.”--Brett Wilson, publisher of Parade Magazine, class of 1985.

"I did very well in graduate school because I found that I was extremely well prepared at Troy. Troy inspired me to pursue a profession that had a large impact on people's lives." -- Dr. Manley Johnson, former vice chairman of Federal Reserve Board, class of 1973.

"Troy does help you to make a life. My professors challenged me to really think about what it was I wanted to be. We were given such encouragement. Here we are, 15 years later, and they're still there for me." -- 1989 and 1991 Troy Alumna Lynne Koplitz, comedian/actress.


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662