Dr, Jack Sublette served as a professor of English, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice President of Student Services, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Troy State University Dothan, from 1975 until his death from cancer in 1997.
Sublette received his BA from Eastern Illinois University, his MA from the University of Illinois, and his PhD in 1974 from Ball State University. He taught high school in Illinois, as well as at the University of Illinois, Black Hawk College, Eastern Illinois University, and Ball State before coming to Troy State University Dothan, particularly as Enterprise High School band boosters for which their daughters Susanne and Elizabeth played. Sublette supported the Houston Arts and Humanities Council, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Coffee County Arts Alliance, the Friends of the Enterprise Public Library, and he was a member of the Dothan-Houston County Rotary.
Troy University created a scholarship in his name. The staff of the TSUD Student Services Office sponsored his commemorative tree. Although his original tree was a Bradford Pear, after being hit by lightning it was replaced with a Nuttall (Red) Oak.
“Nuttall oak (Quercus nuttallii), not distinguished as a species until 1927, is also called red oak, Red River oak, and pin oak. It is one of the few commercially important species found on poorly drained clay flats and low bottoms of the Gulf Coastal Plain and north in the Mississippi and Red River Valleys. The acorn or winter buds identify Nuttall oak, easily confused with pin oak (Q. palustris). The lumber is often cut and sold as red oak. In addition to producing timber, Nuttall oak is an important species for wildlife management because of heavy annual mast production.” [Source - http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/quercus/nutallii.htm]
“The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of about 400 species of oak trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (from Latin "oak tree). The genus quercus is native to the northern hemisphere, and includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cold latitudes to tropical Asia and the Americas. Oaks have spirally arranged leaves, with a lobed margin in many species; some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with a smooth margin. The flowers are catkins, produced in spring. The fruit is a nut called an acorn, borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule; each acorn contains one seed (rarely two or three) and takes 6-18 months to mature, depending on species. The "live oaks" (oaks with evergreen leaves) are not a distinct group, instead with their members scattered among the sections below.
The Common North American Oak Species: black oak, bur oak, cherrybark oak, laurel oak, live oak, Oregon white oak, overcup oak, post oak, pin oak, northern red oak, scarlet oak, Shumard oak, southern red oak, swamp chestnut oak, water oak, white oak, and willow oak.” [Source - http://forestry.about.com/cs/treeid/a/the_oak.htm]
The “For More Info” Project is a joint venture of The Wiregrass Archives and the Troy University Libraries funded in part by a generous grant from the Historic Chattahoochee Commission Seed Grant Program. Begun in 2015, “For More Info” provides a place to find biographical information and images of the people honored in the Memorial Tree Program established by the Dothan Beautification Board in 1991 and continued at Troy University Dothan Campus.
“For More Info” also provides organizational histories and biographical sketches concerning named buildings, rooms, and other facilities on campus.