TROY, Ala.—Ernestine Lynn White, undergraduate academic advisor on registrars/records at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for November.
White, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2002, received the award during a Dec. 9 ceremony on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to White, who was nominated by Lynn C. Watts, Montgomery Campus registrar.
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, Watts commended White for her dedication and service to students.
“Lynn has certainly raised the bar when it comes to supporting student success,” Watts said. “She has been involved in student success workshops and is constantly thinking about ways to better inform our students about policies and procedures. She has been caring, helpful and positive towards students, faculty and staff and has been an effective and ethical leader who has initiated collaborative interactions between the Records Office and other offices in the University. All of this was happening even as Lynn was successfully pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees with TROY.”
White earned her associate’s degree in 1999, her bachelor’s degree in 2001 and her master’s degree in 2008, all from TROY.
“Because of the different positions I have held, I have gotten different tastes of what Troy University is all about and I’m very proud of that,” White said. “I am very thankful and proud to be acknowledged with this award.”