Business Name: Troy University
President's Name: Dr. Jack Hawkins
President's Title: Chancellor
What are your business's core values, goals, and overall mission?
1887 Motto: “Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act."
Mission Statement: Troy University is a public institution comprised of a network of campuses throughout Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University 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 University's dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its application to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship and research.
Share some unique facts and business history? What makes your business stand out?
Founded in 1887 as a normal school to teach teachers, Troy University today is a public, internationally recognized institution serving traditional and nontraditional students in class and online and providing a wide variety of academic programs from the associate to the doctoral level.
Troy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Troy University has more than 130,000 alumni worldwide. The Troy University Alumni Association has 52 local alumni chapters in the United States and two international chapters in China and Russia.
Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Troy University to its listing of Top Online Associates Degrees for 2015
Onlinemastersprograms.org ranked TROY’s online master’s programs in Public Administration with concentration in Public Health Administration (ranked fifth), Business Administration with emphasis in finance (ranked seventh), and Criminal Justice (ranked ninth) among the nation’s best.
GoGrad.org has ranked Troy University third in the nation in its “Top Online Master’s in History” ranking.
NonProfit Colleges Online ranked Troy University 6th among colleges and universities in its “Best Online Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice: Students Before Profits” listing and 9th in “Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice: Students Before Profits” listing for 2015. Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are the primary criteria in the ranking that seeks to recognize colleges and universities for putting students before profits and education before bottom line.
Top Masters in Education ranked TROY’s online master’s degree programs in adult education - instructional technology as a “Best Value.”
Best Masters Programs ranked TROY 28th in its Top 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees 2015 ranking.
What products or services do you offer companies or individuals?
Troy University offers affordable, fully accredited associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees fully on-line.
What are the greatest obstacles and/or challenges that your business has faced? How have you and your business overcome them?Non-traditional working adult students are demanding more and more online programs. As a leader in online education TROY underwent a reorganization in 2014 to provide improved services to our students. Student Services and Financial Advising are centrally located in Alabama; however, our office located in Chesapeake facilitates student success and offers a testing center for required proctored examinations.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Troy University is proud of our prestigious alumni throughout the Hampton Roads community including, but not limited to Chesapeake Chief of Police, Kelvin Wright; Norfolk Sherriff, Bob McCabe; Virginia Beach Deputy Chief of Police, John Bell; Virginia Beach Fire Chief, Steven Cover, City of Hampton Chief of Fire and Rescue, David Layman; and Newport News Fire Chief Robert Alley.
What do you see for the future of your business?
Troy University has served the Hampton Roads community for over 24 years. Over the next few years TROY will continue to offer highly desired, first-rate, higher education opportunities for students who desire an affordable flexible online college degree.
Why are you a member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce?
Troy University stays connected to prospective and current students as-well-as our alumni. TROY builds connectivity through community outreach and service. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce provides many opportunities to give back to the community by participating in various leadership positions.