Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
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The institution has a governing board of at least five members that is the legal body with specific authority over the institution. The board is an active policy-making body for the institution and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the financial resources of the institution are adequate to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from it. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting members of the board are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution.

A military institution authorized and operated by the federal government to award degrees has a public board on which both the presiding officer and a majority of the other members are neither civilian employees of the military nor active/retired military. The board has broad and significant influence upon the institution’s programs and operations, plays an active role in policy-making, and ensures that the financial resources of the institution are used to provide a sound educational program. The board is not controlled by a minority of board members or by organizations or interests separate from the board except as specified by the authorizing legislation. Both the presiding officer of the board and a majority of other voting board members are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution. (Governing Board)
 

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Narrative:  

The Board of Trustees serves as the governing board of Troy University. The Troy University Board of Trustees operates under legal authority granted by Alabama Code of Law Section 16-56-3. The Board of Trustee members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The Board consists of ten voting members and the Student Government Association president (non-voting). The Governor serves as the ex-officio president of the Board; and the State Superintendent of Education serves as an ex-officio member. The voting members represent eight geographical areas of Alabama with two members from the second geographical area, and one voting member serving a member-at-large who may or may not be a resident of Alabama. Members serve without compensation. Table 1 provides a list of members, geographical areas and terms of the Troy University Board of Trustees.

Table 1. Troy University Board of Trustees: Members and Terms
Governor of Alabama
His Excellency, Bob Riley
ex-officio President
State Superintendent of Education
Joseph B. Morton, Ph.D.
Appointment by
Position/Geographical Area
Name Term Expires
1st Geographical Area Forrest S. Latta, J.D. 2017
2nd Geographical Area (President pro tempore) R. Douglas Hawkins, D.V.M. 2015
2nd Geographical Area John D. Harrison 2007
3rd Geographical Area Allen E. Owen, III 2011
4th Geographical Area Milton McGregor 2011
5th Geographical Area (Vice President pro tempore) Gerald O. Dial 2003
6th Geographical Area James R. Andrews, M.D. 2007
7th Geographical Area Roy H. Drinkard 2011
8th Geographical Area Lamar P. Higgins 2007
At-Large Member C. Charles Nailen, Jr. 2009
Student Member SGA President (non-voting member) Tim Parr AY 2008-2009

Troy University Fact Book June 2008, p. 3.

A brief background statement for each member of the Troy University Board of Trustees is provided below.

Table 2 Biographical Sketches of the Troy University Board of Trustees
Name / Position Biographical Sketch
His Excellency Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama (ex-officio President) The Honorable Bob Riley was elected governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. A businessman and farmer, Gov. Riley served three terms representing Alabama’s third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Joseph B. Morton, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Education Dr. Joseph Morton was selected by the Alabama State Board of Education to be the State Superintendent of Education on July 13, 2004. Dr. Morton also served for eight years as Deputy State Superintendent of Education. Dr. Morton was previously Superintendent of Education of Sylacauga City Schools and of Sumter County Schools in Alabama.
Forrest S. Latta, J.D.
1st Geographical Area
Mr. Forrest S. Latta is a member of the Mobile law firm of Bowron, Latta & Wasden, P.C. law firm. He graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in 1980 and completed his juris doctorate at Samford University’s Cumberland Law School in 1983.
R. Douglas Hawkins, D.V.M.
2nd Geographical Area (President pro tempore)
Dr. Douglas Hawkins is the senior member of the Board, having served since 1980. He is a doctor of veterinary medicine. Dr. Hawkins is a past president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the board of directors of Troy Bank and Trust Company.
John D. Harrison
2nd Geographical Area
Mr. John Harrison, a former bank president and mayor of Luverne, served as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
Allen E. Owen, III
3rd Geographical Area
Mr. Allen E. Owen is the manager, Southern Region of Mead WestVaco Corp. and formerly served as the manager of the Governor’s Legislative Liaison Office. He also serves as chairman of the Alabama Water Resources Commission.
Milton McGregor
4th Geographical Area
Mr. Milton McGregor is the owner of Victoryland race course in Alabama and other pari-mutuel racing interests. Mr. McGregor serves on the Board of Directors of Colonial BancGroup and the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.
Gerald O. Dial
5th Geographical Area
(Vice President pro tempore)
Mr. Gerald Dial was elected to the Alabama State Senate in 1983, following two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. A former teacher, Senator Dial is a real estate developer and independent businessman.
James R. Andrews, M.D.
6th Geographical Area
Dr. James Andrews is the co-founder of the Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center and the medical director for numerous sports teams. He is widely recognized for his role in advancing the field of shoulder, knee and elbow surgery.
Roy H. Drinkard
7th Geographical Area
Mr. Roy Drinkard is currently president of Drinkard Development Inc., which owns, develops and manages commercial real estate. He was also President of the Brindlee Mountain Development Corporation, a non-profit organization designed to aid small business development.
Lamar P. Higgins
8th Geographical Area
Mr. Lamar P. Higgins is an associate in the lobbying firm of Fine Geddie and Associates of Montgomery, AL. He served in a variety of positions in Alabama state government, including assistant director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
C. Charles Nailen, Jr.
At-Large Member
Mr. Charles Nailen is the president of BBG Specialty Foods and GGG Foods, Inc., which operates approximately 40 fast-food restaurants over a three-state area. He is a member of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dothan-Houston County Airport Authority.
Tim Parr
Student Member SGA President (non-voting member)
Tim Parr is a junior political science major from Newton, Ala. He serves as a Trojan Ambassador and is a member of the Political Science Club and Sigma Chi fraternity. He formerly served as a member of the SGA’s Senate and Freshman Forum.

Elimination of Conflict of Interest

No trustee is an employee of the University or has personal or familial financial interest in the institution. According to Section 16-56-3 of the Code of Laws of Alabama no employee of Troy University may serve as a trustee. All members serve without compensation. The Code of Ethics for Public Officials and Employees of Alabama - Section 36-25-5 prohibits the any public official to use his or her position or office for personal gain. Public officials are required by Alabama law to file an annual statement of economic interest with the Alabama Ethics Commission. Economic interest statements are reviewed by agents of the state to ensure that Board members are free of any contractual, employment, or personal or familial financial interest in the institution, as required by state law.

Role of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a policy-making body with bylaws that state “The entire management and control over the activities, affairs, operations, business, and property of Troy University shall be completely and absolutely vested in the Board of Trustees of Troy University; however, upon general or specific authorization or delegation made or provided for in these Bylaws or other action approved by the full Board, the Board may exercise its management and control by and through such officers, officials, committees, and agents as it may deem fit and proper.” According to Article I of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees for Troy University, the Board of Trustees sets key University policies, defines the mission, role, and scope of the University and is accountable for the financial health of the University. The Board of Trustees operates under a committee structure. The committees make recommendations to the full Board for consideration and final action. The composition of the committees, the membership and charge are explained in detail in Article IV of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees. The oversight of the fiscal responsibility of the university is entrusted to the Board of Trustees and to the scrutiny of the Board’s Finance Committee. The Finance Committee reviews the annual budget for Troy University and makes their recommendations to the full Board for their approval. The Board of Trustees also works with the administration in establishing the financial policies for the University.

The Board of Trustees actively engages in policy-making through meetings held at least three times during the year. The minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings are available in the Chancellor’s office and on the Troy University Board of Trustee Web page. The minutes from the Board of Trustee meetings document the Board’s active policy-making role on behalf of the university and confirm that the Board approves the annual budget. The approved budget allows the University to provide the financial resources necessary to support sound educational programs. Table 3 provides a synopsis of the Board meeting dates over the past three years:

Table 3. Troy University Board of Trustees
Meeting Dates September 2004 – July 2008
July 25, 2008 *
May 1, 2008
July 27, 2007*
May 10, 2007
March 2, 2007
November 18, 2006
August 4, 2006*
March 10, 2006
September 10, 2005*
May 6, 2005
March 11, 2005
September 9, 2004*
* Budget Approval Sessions

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Board of Trustees http://www.troy.edu/boardoftrustees/
Board of Trustees Minutes http://www.troy.edu/boardoftrustees/minutes.html
Board of Trustees Minutes, November 18, 2006 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/BOT-Minutes-11-18-2006.pdf
Board of Trustees Minutes, September 10, 2005 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/BOT-Minutes-09-10-2005.pdf
Bylaws of the Board of Trustees for Troy University http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Board-of-Trustees-Bylaws.pdf
The Code of Ethics for Public Officials and Employees of Alabama - Section 36-25-5 http://www.ethics.alalinc.net/news/ethicslaw.pdf
Code of the Laws of Alabama, Section 16-56-3: Board of Trustees - Membership; appointment; terms http://sacs.troy.edu/coa/16-56-3.html
Code of Laws of Alabama, Section 36-25-14 http://sacs.troy.edu/coa/36-25-14.html
Troy University Fact Book 2008 http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/Fact-Book-2008.pdf

 

Last Updated: 08/22/2008