Debra Williams wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February

Posted: Wednesday, 25 February 2009

TROY, Ala.—Debra Williams, head cashier in Student Financial Services at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February.

Williams, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1999, received the award during a ceremony on Feb. 24 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Williams, who was nominated by Gail Sears, director of Student Financial Services on the Montgomery Campus, and Lou Ann Johnson, senior director of Student Financial Services.

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, Sears commended Williams for her attitude and work ethic.

“As head cashier, Debra oversees and works professionally with three Student Financial Services employees in the Montgomery office. Since 1999, Debra has consistently demonstrated an outstanding positive attitude, innovation, optimism and enthusiastic service to our students, faculty and staff,” Sears said. “Debra smiles and treats everyone with respect as she gives positive feedback to all students. She is dedicated, sincere, honest, dependable, knowledgeable, thorough and patient with everyone. Debra’s caring and dedicated spirit mirrors the perfect image of Troy University to all who come in contact with her.”

Williams said she was honored to receive the award.

“This is a tremendous honor,” Williams said. “I truly enjoy my job and the people that I work with. I enjoy working with the students. I just try to treat them the way that I would want to be treated.”

Debra Williams

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. (right) presents Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February to Debra Williams (center) during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on Tuesday. Williams, who serves as head cashier in Student Financial Services on the University’s Montgomery Campus, was nominated by Gail Sears (left), director of the Montgomery Student Financial Services office, and Lou Ann Johnson, the University’s senior director of Student Financial Services. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.