Veronica Taylor wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for May

Posted: Tuesday, 02 June 2009

TROY—Veronica Taylor, admissions enrollment specialist for Troy University’s International Programs, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for May.

Taylor, who has been a full-time member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during a ceremony on Friday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost, presented the award to Taylor, who was nominated by Ludmila Belaia, director of international admissions.

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, Belaia praised Taylor for her attitude and work ethic.

“Veronica Taylor is a very fast learner,” Belaia said. “Her knowledge of Datatel and government systems is impressive. She is well organized and completes her tasks in a timely manner. Mrs. Taylor is very kind and supportive to all students at Troy University, as well as all applicants. She is well respected by her colleagues in International Programs, as well as other members of the staff and faculty at TROY. She is very devoted to the department and willingly works after hours and on weekends to ensure the department’s needs are met.” Taylor said she was honored to receive the award.

“I was very honored to receive this award,” Taylor said. “It is a great privilege to work for University and International Programs, in particular, and to know that your work is appreciated.”

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Dr. Ed Roach, executive vice chancellor and provost of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for May to Veronica Taylor (right) during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Friday. Taylor, who serves as admissions enrollment specialist for TROY’s International Programs, was nominated by Ludmila Belaia (left), director of international admissions. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.