Cheri Murphy wins Troy University's Vergil Parks Mckinley Award for September

Posted: Thursday, 18 September 2008

TROY, Ala.—Cheri Murphy, secretary for Troy University’s Department of Art and Design, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.

Murphy, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2004, received the award during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Murphy, who was nominated Jerry Johnson, chair of the Department of Art and Design.

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, Johnson said Murphy “never misses a beat.”

“Within the context of departments where creativity and drama can run rampant, Cheri has brought a confidence and stability in areas that are so valued,” Johnson said. “In Art and Design, we are comfortable working with figures, but not the numeric kind that Cheri handles with such surety. Her demeanor is a delight. She gleefully assists all faculty in Art and Design with professionalism and courtesy. I can’t imagine a better staff member.”

Murphy, a Clio resident, said she was excited and surprised to receive the award.

“I am very appreciative and honored to receive this award,” Murphy said. “I really enjoy working with the faculty and students in the Department of Art and Design.”