Carolyn Rhodes wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March

Posted: Wednesday, 25 March 2009

TROY, Ala.—Carolyn Rhodes, records specialist in Troy University’s Academic Evaluation Center, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.

Rhodes, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2003, received the award during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Lee Vardaman, associate provost for academic support at Troy University, presented the award to Rhodes, who was nominated by Donna Bragg, director of the Academic Evaluation Center and assistant registrar.

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, Bragg said Rhodes possesses all of the attributes exemplified by the McKinley Award.

“Carolyn is outgoing, friendly and dependable and always strives to adopt any new method to make her job more efficient,” Bragg said. “She is constantly organizing our office area and keeping all others in the office supplied with what they need to perform the best in their jobs. In addition, she supports TROY not only in the office but on the football field as well. She attends all home games and as many away games as possible. I believe Carolyn has to love the TROY Trojans better than any individual I know.”

Rhodes said she was honored to receive the award.

“I am totally shocked by this,” Rhodes said. “It is such an honor. I love everybody I have ever worked with here and I love Troy University.”

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Dr. Lee Vardaman (right), associate provost for academic support, presents Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March to Carolyn Rhodes (center) during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on Wednesday. Rhodes, who serves as a records specialist in the University’s Academic Evaluation Center, was nominated by Donna Bragg (left), the center’s director. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.