Annie Percy wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

April 12, 2018

Annie Percy, English as a Second Language instructor/special programs coordinator, has won Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Percy, who has been employed by the University since 2014, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Lance Noe, ESL Programs director.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, in honor of his father, Vergil Parks McKinley, who was a Troy University professor during the early 20th century and was key to the development of the University’s athletic program. Winners of this award receive an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.

In a letter of nomination, Noe called Percy a leader in the program in the areas of technology in the classroom and said she constantly seeks to improve her skills through professional development.

“Mrs. Percy teaches with devotion and flare, and she works tirelessly as our special programs coordinator,” Noe said. “She sets up trips for our students, obtaining tickets, accommodations, buses – all outside of her job duties and purview. She is a mother to all of the international students who come through our doors and is their first ‘go-to’ when they have issues. She is truly the Trojan Warrior spirit, and you will not find anyone more deserving of this award.”

Percy said receiving the award came as a big surprise.

“I’m shocked, but I’m deeply appreciative to receive this award,” Percy said. “I love what I do, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity that Troy University has given me. I love working with our international students and I feel that they bring so much to the life of our campus.”