Jennings receives Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award

Pam Jennings receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Sorrell College of Business Dean Judson Edwards.

Pam Jennings receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. and Sorrell College of Business Dean Judson Edwards.

Pam Jennings, Departmental Secretary in the Sorrell College of Business, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Jennings received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of Sorrell College.

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.

Dr. Edwards said Jennings has been a blessing to the college.

“Her performance since day one has been outstanding, but more importantly, Pam has made the entire college better by making sure all those who interact with this office are met with kindness, professionalism, positivity and a willingness to help in any way to make sure the task is completed successfully,” Edwards said in his letter of nomination. “To fulfill my responsibilities as Dean of the Sorrell College of Business, with more than 100 faculty/staff, 2,800 students, thousands of alumni and numerous other constituents to serve every day, it requires significant interaction with my office to meet their various needs. For so many, that first impression is established by Pam Jennings, not only for the college, but for me personally, as my chosen assistant. Though her job duties place her in this critically important position daily, I do not lose a single second of sleep because of my complete trust in Pam, which is grounded in who she is as a person – one of high character and integrity, not simply doing her job.”

Jennings said receiving the McKinley Award was a tremendous honor.

“I am honored to receive this award, and I’m thankful for the opportunities Troy University has provided me,” Jennings said. “I really enjoy working alongside Dr. Edwards, the Sorrell College faculty and staff, and those across the University. I’m very grateful for this recognition.”

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