Former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett’s lifelong fascination with technology has paid off in a $1 million gift to Troy University.
Everett, who served the Wiregrass in Congress from 1993 to 2009, donated $1 million to the university on Friday to help the university start its new school of science and technology. Everett said Monday that the gift will help fund an eminent scholar faculty position and a number of other needs for the new school.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to do this and I hope to see the program capture the interest of young people and have them enter science and math careers,” Everett said.
Troy’s school of science and technology is set to launch in 2015. Everett said Monday that Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said the school would eventually be located at Troy’s Dothan campus.
Everett said he hopes the school will encourage young people to pursue math and science careers and provide a place where they can further those ambitions.
Everett said his fascination with science and technology began when he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Everett served in the 6901st Special Communication Group and was an analyst for the National Security Administration.
Everett’s interest grew deeper during his time in Congress when he served on subcommittees dealing with intelligence gathering and analysis.
“It’s a fascination I’ve kept over the years,” he said.
The new school will focus on biomedical sciences, water resources and environmental science, manufacturing technology concentrating on aviation and automobiles, food safety and software development computer science. Everett will serve on an advisory board of industry leaders for the new school.