Lesley Johns, Director of Foundation Accounting, has won Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.
Johns, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, on March 30 during a ceremony at the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Lauri Dorrill, former Associate Controller.
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.
Johns transferred to Foundation Accounting from Sponsored Programs Accounting in 2014 and quickly learned and adjusted to the different requirements between the two departments.
“So many of Lesley’s qualities that make her a valued Troy University employee appear to come naturally to her,” Dorrill said in a letter of nomination. “She is always one of the first to arrive in the office. She’s helpful and so very nice to others on both the phone and in person. Her strong work ethic, integrity and attitude toward work and life makes her a valued part of the team.”
Johns said she was extremely grateful and honored to receive the award.
“It is a great honor, and I’m very appreciative for Lauri nominating me and showing appreciation for my hard work,” Johns said. “It is a great honor to be among the list of the 197 recipients before me.”