Changes to Troy Dothan

Published 07/22 2014 05:10PM

Updated 07/22 2014 08:49PM

Troy University Dothan Campus is making some major changes. The campus has recently added some new degrees to their catalog and one specific degree is the only one in the state of Alabama. The Bachelors in Entrepreneurship was patterned from the University of Missouri.

"This particular degree which will allow a person who truly has a desire to come in and when they walk out be prepared be ready to start their own small business,” said Vice Chancellor Dr. Don Jeffrey.

Aside from adding 20 new degrees in the last five years the local campus is planning major renovations. The campus will be adding a new state of the art building, Coleman Hall.

"Within the Coleman building it will house the Sorrell College of Business, but all of the five colleges will be involved in this particular building with classroom opportunities,” said Dr. Jeffrey. “We'll also have an auditorium - our goal is a 400 seat auditorium."

The new hall will cost $9.8 million and currently $4.2 million has been raised. The funds are being donated from alumni and businesses around the community.

"We’re hoping the auditorium will be used for the public and to bring plays down to the community from Troy, band concerts and Sound of the South, so we're hoping that they'll be able to use it,” said Melody Denson, Regional Director of Institutional Development.

If things go according to plan the ground breaking of Coleman Hall will happen sometime next start.

The Vice Chancellor says it will take up to two years before the building is complete. Currently Troy Dothan’s largest auditorium holds 200 students and once Coleman Hall is built it will be able to seat 400 people.

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