Troy University's newest program benefits students, community

Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. presents donor Dr. Marnix Heersink with a gift for his generous donation

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) With what officials are describing only as “a generous donation,” by the Heersink Family Foundation, Troy University will offer more opportunities to business students.

“From what we’ve discussed in business I think it will be everything from data analytics to marketing to human resource management," described Judson Edwards, the dean of Troy University's Sorrell College of Business, "there will be such a scope of opportunities for students.”

The Health Management Program will consist of four courses that will teach adequate business course training to healthcare managers and directors.

Dr. Marnix Heersink donated to the new program. An ophthalmologist who has been in the field for over 40 years, he knows firsthand how frequently miscommunication occurs.

“I’ve seen how well-intentioned doctors and well-intentioned administrators are not communicating like I think they could or should," Heersink explained, "many other people thought why don’t we find ways to stimulate conversation dialogues, direction, dialogue.”

With this donation, students will get even more opportunity through scholarships.

“This will allow many students in this immediate area to access graduate education and not have to borrow money to do so," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor of Troy University.

Students won’t be the only ones benefitting from the new program.

“Every citizen that has an interest in healthcare is going to be better served. If we have a system in place that allows doctors and administrators to talk so that they can integrate care they’re going to get more kind compassionate results and care," said Heersink.

The new program will be available at all Troy campuses and online as well as at Health Center South’s campus starting the spring semester of 2020.