Cindy Boswell wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October

Posted: Wednesday, 21 October 2009

TROY—Cindy Boswell, executive assistant to the dean of Troy University’s College of Health and Human Services, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October.

Boswell, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007, received the award during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Boswell, who was nominated by Dr. Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Health and Human 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, Dr. Andrew said Boswell “consistently goes out of her way to ensure that the needs of others are met.”

“Mrs. Boswell has been instrumental in easing my transition into a decanal role at Troy University,” said Dr. Andrew, who became dean of the college in 2008. “Mrs. Boswell’s organizational and multi-tasking skills are particularly useful in this complex, fast-paced environment. She is a true team player who diligently follows through on each task until completion, even if it means staying beyond normal working hours. I am honored to spend each day at Troy University with my colleague, Cindy Boswell, and I am eternally grateful for all that she does for Troy University.”

The award came as a surprise to Boswell.

“I am thrilled and extremely honored to receive this award,” Boswell said. “The McKinley Award is the biggest honor. I admire the people who have received it before me and I am honored to be among that group.”

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Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October to Cindy Boswell during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Boswell, who serves as executive assistant to the dean of the College of Health and Human Services, was nominated by Dr. Damon Andrew (left), dean of the College of Health and Human Services. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.