Jim Smith receives Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award

Montgomery Campus Vice Chancellor Ray White and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. present Jim Smith with the Vergil Parks McKinley Award on Wednesday.

Montgomery Campus Vice Chancellor Ray White and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. present Jim Smith with the Vergil Parks McKinley Award on Wednesday.

Jim Smith, Associate Dean of Student Services at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Smith received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, on Wednesday during the University’s annual faculty/staff holiday luncheon in the Lamar P. Higgins Ballroom on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves and Montgomery Campus Vice Chancellor Ray White. 

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.

Jim Smith, Associate Dean of Student Services at the University’s Montgomery Campus, was presented the award by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus.

Reeves said Smith’s work ethic, spirit and loyalty make him a deserving recipient of the McKinley Award.

“Mr. Smith is almost always the first person to arrive on campus for work and even more often he is the last to leave,” Reeves said. “He proudly shows the TROY colors. He goes far beyond what is expected of him as an associate dean and is always willing to roll up his sleeves and do what is necessary for mission and accomplishment. Mr. Smith is the primary person who can resolve any issue or problem on the Montgomery Campus.”

Smith oversees the development and coordination of each of the five course schedules, manages the Montgomery Campus commencement ceremonies, and supervises and leads Montgomery Campus police officers and the overall Security system throughout the Montgomery Campus grounds and facilities.

“He and his team ensure that all events on campus are well supported. They support over 300 special events on the Montgomery Campus annually. Comments and feedback from those attending the events are always positive,” Reeves said. “He juggles all the tasks with ease and ensures there are minimal problems. In addition, he is the go-to person for numerous external organizations such as Bell Lofts and parking passes, Valiant Cross Academy High School for academic support needs, and School of Nursing for classrooms and study rooms support. He is responsible for the operation and staffing of the front desk operation for parking passes, ID cards, switchboard telephone support, postal and package deliveries, and faculty lounges support.”

White said Smith is always willing to do whatever is needed to represent the campus and Troy University in the best possible light.

“The campus operation would be difficult to manage without Jim Smith,” White said. “It has truly been an honor to work with Jim for all these years in Montgomery. He loves our students, and he is always willing to roll up his sleeves and do whatever needs to be done.”

Smith said he was honored to receive the recognition.

“It is always great to be recognized,” Smith said. “It is my desire to do my job and do it well and with my whole heart. I enjoy being able to work with a good team of people and serve our great students.”

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