Anna Gooden wins Troy University's Vergil Parks Mckinley Award for September

Posted: Monday, 21 September 2009

TROY—Anna Gooden, helpdesk technician for Troy University’s Broadcast and Digital Network Department, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.

Gooden, who has been a full-time member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during a ceremony on Monday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Gooden, who was nominated by John Brunson, chief engineer and coordinator of videoconferencing.

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, Brunson praised Gooden as an “indispensable” employee.

“Anna consistently supports videoconferencing at both an administrative and technical level University wide,” Brunson said. “Her skillful efforts favorably represent Troy University globally. She executes her responsibilities with excellence and professionalism.”

Gooden said she was honored to receive the award.

“I am very surprised to receive this award,” Gooden said. “I don’t really feel like I do anything other than what my job requires, but I am very appreciative of this honor.”

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Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September to Anna Gooden during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Monday. Gooden, who serves as a helpdesk technician for the University’s Broadcast and Digital Network Department, was nominated by John Brunson (left), chief engineer and coordinator of videoconferencing. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.