Ronnie Creel wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December

Posted: Wednesday, 16 December 2009

TROY, Ala.—Ronnie Creel, director of educational technology for Troy University’s eCampus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December.

Creel, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1999, received the award during the University’s annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon on Tuesday in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Creel, who was nominated by Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of eCampus.

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. Gearhart praised Creel for his dedication.

“Ronnie manages the technical support for online students, overseeing the Blackboard operations, the support for Remote Proctor and the eCampus Web presence,” Dr. Gearhart said. “He demonstrates a strong ability to analyze problems and provides me with solutions for anything that he deals with in eCampus. Ronnie also has been working in the capacity of contract administrator on a number of contracts for Troy University. Ronnie never hesitates to say ‘yes’ when asked to work on a project for the University.”

Dr. Gearhart said Creel, who also serves as an adjunct instructor for the University, is a fine representative of Troy University.

“Ronnie displays a high degree of honesty, loyalty and integrity in everything he does for Troy University,” she said. “He tells me on a regular basis how he loves his job and how much he enjoys working with the students, faculty and staff of the University.”

Creel said he was honored to receive the award.

“I am very appreciative to the University for this award and to Dr. Gearhart for nominating me,” Creel said. “My job is to provide support for technology that enables our students and faculty to do things they would not have been able to do in the past. I love my job and to receive this tremendous honor for doing something that I love is just the icing on the cake.”

McKinley Award

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. (left), Chancellor of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December to Ronnie Creel during the annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Creel, who serves as director of educational technology for Troy University’s eCampus, was nominated by Dr. Deb Gearhart, director of eCampus. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.