ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Dr. Billy Hawkins, the 20th president of Talladega College, will speak at the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Jan. 22 at the Berman Varner House.

In 2008, Hawkins' first year at the college, he implemented rigorous plans for renovation and growth.

As a result, enrollment increased, athletic programs were reinstated for the first time in ten years and the campus saw major campus beautification projects.

Today, Talladega College has 1,217 students and is listed among the Princeton Review's best colleges in the Southeast.

The college now has its first-ever graduate program, an online Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.

Hawkins spearheaded a similar transformation at Texas College, where he also served as the 20th president.

The Kent, Ohio, native holds a Bachelor of Science in teacher education from Ferris State University, a Master of Arts in education administration from Central Michigan University and a doctorate in education from Michigan State University. He has completed post doctorate study at Harvard University.

Hawkins began his career as an educator in the Lansing Michigan Public Schools System. His passion for teaching led him to the field of higher education where he has served at Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va.; Ferris State University; State University of New York at Morrisville College and Mississippi Valley State University.

Hawkins serves as vice-chair of member institutions for the UNCF board of directors. He is the first African American to chair the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the author of two books.

Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, French toast sticks, fruit, coffee, milk and juice

This is the bus schedule for the MLK Day Breakfast, which is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. in the Berman Varner House.

The bus will return employees at the conclusion of the event.

Time Location
7:10 Bldg. 474
7:15 Bldg. 130 East
7:20 Bldg. 409 West
7:25 Bldg. 128 Middle
7:30 Bldg. 143 and 411 West
7:35 Bldg. 106 West
7:40 Bldg. 111

Time Location
7:25 Bldg. 5
7:30 Bldg. 362-Door 3
7:35 Bldg. 7
7:40 Bldg. 31