Bush-McManus wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August

Posted: Thursday, 04 September 2008

ATLANTA, GA--Patricia Bush-McManus, site director for Troy University’s Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg Site, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August.

Bush-McManus, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during the University’s Global Campus Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA, on Aug. 27. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Bush-McManus, who was nominated Dr. Chris Burge, director of the University’s Atlantic Region.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley 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 $350 stipend.

In a letter of nomination, Dr. Burge said that Bush-McManus truly exemplifies “Trojan Spirit.”

“As a satellite campus hundreds of miles away, Patricia continuously demonstrates the potential, innovation, dedication, ethics and passion she has for her position and constantly strives to think inside/outside/along each axis of the proverbial box,” said Burge. “Since becoming the site director she has hit the pavement running, taking immediate and effective steps to increase enrollments with several new program offerings, networking, establishment of an Alumni Chapter, lining up cohorts and partnerships within the civilian community, as well as strengthening and forging continued relationships with the military personnel. She has a perseverance that never falters, a vision that is driven by dedication, and she truly exemplifies and deserves the prestige associated with the Vergil Parks McKinley Award.”

Bush-McManus said she was honored to receive the award.

“I would like to thank both Tonia Edgin and Dr. Chris Burge for nominating me for this honor. I really appreciate it,” she said.

Troy University, based in Troy, Ala., operates campuses or teaching sites in 15 other states, 11 nations and the U.S. Territory of Guam.