TROY, Ala.—Linda Cross, associate site director and academic advisor for Troy University’s Orlando Site, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.
Cross, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1993, received the award during the University’s Global Campus Conference in Atlanta. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Cross, who was nominated by Phyllis Crooms, director of the Orlando Site.
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, Crooms praised Cross for her dedication and work ethic.
“Linda is known and loved by all the students that have the pleasure of her assistance with their degree programs,” Crooms said. “She works long after everyone has gone most nights and truly goes the extra mile to make sure our students have everything they need. She supports students, co-workers and faculty in all their endeavors and is consistently given high marks by the students on the site evaluation surveys. Linda is a joy to the Orlando Site, team and Southeast Region.”
Cross said she was honored to receive the award.
“It is an honor that I was chosen as a recipient of the esteemed McKinley Award and I want to thank everyone,” she said.