Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor of Troy University, has decided not to run for Governor in 2010. Dr. Hawkins made the announcement in Montgomery on March 24th. While I wasn’t a bit surprised to learn that the former Marine had received lots of encouragement to run for Governor next year, I was surprised that he won’t be a candidate. In my opinion – had he run – Dr. Hawkins would have been a very strong candidate and possibly would have been elected Governor.
I first met Jack Hawkins back in the 1970s when he was at UAB. The impression he made on my wife Sara and me was a lasting one. I predicted at the time that he would be a college president in the future and I had hoped that he would eventually be at Auburn. While he made me a good “predictor,” unfortunately for Auburn folks, Dr. Hawkins landed at Troy University. Needless to say, he has done an outstanding job there as Chancellor. In my opinion, Jack Hawkins is the best “college boss” in the state. I also believe he would have been a very good Governor.
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