Retired State Senator Jimmy Holley Honored by Troy University
The Troy University Board of Trustees honored State Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Elba), who is retiring later this year.
Holley, who is retiring from the Alabama Senate in November with nearly half a century of service in the Legislative Assembly, represented Pike, Covington, Coffee and Dale counties in the Senate for six terms and served from 1974 to 1994 in the State House of Representatives. .
“There are many simple lessons that I have observed from Senator Holley over the years and two of them are very clear. One of them is the power of servant leadership. This element of service and loyalty runs so deep in Senator Holley and always has. He always gave at least what was expected of him, during his time in Troy and during his tenure as a public servant,” said Troy Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.
In addition to his legislative service, Holley served the University of Troy as a trustee from 1984 to 2007, retiring as director of the regional center for continuing education and as assistant to the vice-chancellor, as well than previous service as Director of the Development Education Center.
Outside of public office, Holley is a cattle rancher and small business man. Among Holley’s accomplishments are securing infrastructure improvements in support of Fort Rucker, improving the quality of life for the communities he served, and working to expand both education funding and high-speed Internet access. He was also deeply involved in supporting workforce development and is credited with helping to establish the Alabama Aviation College in Ozark.
At its meeting on Thursday, June 29, the trustees approved a resolution honoring Holley and presented her with a framed copy and a giclée print from the University of Troy at a luncheon in her honor. The First Lady of the University of Troy, Janice Hawkins, presented Holley’s wife, Mary, an Afgan from Troy, as a token of appreciation for her role in supporting the University.
“I so appreciate the friends I’ve made over the years. The University of Troy has been a mainstay in southeast Alabama and what a footprint it has developed as an institution,” Holley said. “There are a lot of things that came before me and came after me that helped make this university such a beautiful and beautiful campus, and most importantly, the University of Troy has great people. I am very grateful for the kind words that have been said about me today.
– Information from the University of Troy