COL Albert P. Hovey Steps Down as President After
Ten Years at the Helm;
Remains as Special Assistant*
COL Albert P. Hovey, who came to Lyman Ward as a young science instructor in 1966 and served as its fifth president from 1989-99, stepped down as the Academy's chief executive officer in February.
He is replaced by MG Clyde A. Hennies (see related story).
Hovey will continue to serve the Academy as special assistant to the president and financial officer, with offices in Russell Hall.
Hovey, a native of Lee County, AL, earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Auburn University. He joined the Academy's faculty as a science instructor in 1966. He was appointed Academic Dean by former President COL Wesley P. Smith in 1972, vice president in 1984, and president in 1989.
A respected educator throughout the state of Alabama, Hovey was instrumental in the Academy's securing its initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1971. He has since served on SACS evaluation teams throughout the region.
COL Hovey has worked tirelessly to improve academic standards at the Academy, putting together a highly qualified faculty and staff and achieving the highest ACT scores in the school's history under his watch.
Hovey has long been active in National Beta Club activities at the statewide and national levels. He served as vice chairman of the state council for many years. He has promoted Lyman Ward's participation in the national academic honorary throughout his tenure at the Academy.
Hovey and his wife Ann, who live in Camp Hill, are the parents of a son and a daughter, as well as grandparents to six grandchildren. Hovey's son, Paul, graduated from LWMA in the Class of '85.
Hovey has been very popular with faculty, staff, parents, and cadets, and is pleased to remain on staff in his new role as special assistant to the president and financial officer.
LWMA Board of Trustees member, Wesley P. Smith praised Hovey's many valuable contributions to the life of the Academy, and said the board accepted Hovey's resignation "with deep regret."
*From The February, 1999 issue of the Sentinel
The L. W. M. A. School Newspaper
Lyman Ward Military Academy
Camp Hill, Alabama
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