Rachel Skipworth wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Rachel Skipworth, an auxiliary services coordinator at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.

Skipworth, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2000, received the award on Tuesday during a ceremony in Trojan Center ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Skipworth, who was nominated by Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor for business 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, Agboatwala said Skipworth exemplifies the “Trojan spirit.”

“While her duties cover the auxiliary operations such as bookstore, food service, mail and print, ID cards and front desk, Rachel willingly assists with parking decal sales, event planning and special functions to ensure that Troy University presents itself well to internal and external constituents. She always finds time to either participate or chair special events on campus. She is a true leader and a team player who is a great asset to TROY. Not only does Rachel meet the criteria for the McKinley Award, she shows that if you are willing to work with others to make things happen, anything is possible, even outside your realm of responsibility.”

Skipworth said she was honored to receive the award.

“I really appreciate this honor,” she said. “I feel like I have grown a lot during my time with TROY and I have experienced quite a bit in a positive way. It is an honor to work for Troy University and to work with great people like Sohail Agboatwala and Ray White.”

Rachel Skipworth

Rachel Skipworth, an auxiliary services coordinator at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, receives the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor (right), Sohail Agboatwala, associate vice chancellor for business services, and Ray White (left), vice chancellor of the Montgomery Campus. Agboatwala nominated Skipworth for the award, which includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.