Faculty/Staff News

Tobi Davis wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

June 14, 2019

Tobi Davis, senior accountant in Sponsored Programs Accounting, has won Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Davis, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2000, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Leigh Ann Paramore, coordinator of Sponsored Program Accounting.

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.

“Tobi has been a part of my team at TROY for about 10 years now,” Paramore said. “She is a true asset, willing and able to assist anytime it is needed. We work with faculty and staff on several campuses and she is always willing to go to them to assist them with whatever is needed. She is dependable and reliable, and a great representative of TROY, in general.”

Davis said she was both surprised and honored to receive the recognition.   

“I was definitely surprised by this award and honored,” Davis said. “Working with great people makes it easy for me to do my job and to go over and beyond when needed.”