Mobile native Jack Hawkins Jr. is Chancellor of Troy University in Troy, Pike County. During the 1970s, he was an administrator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and through the 1980s he served as president of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. In 1997, Hawkins helped found the Higher Education Partnership to combat cuts to the state's higher education budget. In 2019, he became the longest-serving college leader in the nation.
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