Veteran Educator Background – Troy University

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Published in the May/June 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

Troy University, founded in 1887, has almost 28,000 students. It operates four campuses in Alabama – in Troy, Dothan, Montgomery, and Phenix City. And through its Global Campus division, it operates more than 60 locations in 16 other states, as well as 7 locations outside the country. The university teaches more than 15,000 students across 13 time zones via the Internet; worldwide, it employs 3,014 administrators, faculty, and staff. Just under 1,000 employees have served our country.

Troy University offers over 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.

The university boasts a rich history of support of the United States armed forces. In 1950, what was then called Troy State Teachers College began offering extension courses at nearby Fort Rucker, Alabama. Later, the college expanded its operations to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery. These extension centers were the forerunner of Global Campus.

One reasons that Troy likes to have servicemembers and veterans attend the university is that they tend to be the cream of the crop. The institution believes that the veteran student is disciplined, focused, goal oriented, understands the importance of working to deadlines, and is involved in higher education for all the right reasons. The veteran student knows why he or she is going to college, understands the significance of higher education and wants very much to be in school.

According to Joseph Houghton, Director of Military Programs for Global Campus, “we believe that our efforts have been effective in that the university now serves over 6,000 military students – active duty, veterans, spouses, and dependents.”

Hal Fulmer, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Troy, said that “serving in our nation’s military is great preparation for university success. Veterans are organized, disciplined, and motivated individuals – the same characteristics we find in successful students.”

About the Author

This article was written by Jay Myers