Stephanie Burgans, administrative secretary to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.
Burgans, who has been a member of the University's staff since 2007, received the award on June 12 during a ceremony at the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Burgans, who was nominated by Lauri Dorrill, associate controller.
The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly 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 $1,000 stipend.
Since May 2011, Burgans has been assisting in TROY's Purchasing and Asset Management and Foundation Accounting departments.
“She willingly stepped into Purchasing and Assets during a time of uncertainty in our reorganization of the department," Dorrill said. “Saying that she took the bull by the horns would be an understatement. Not only did she willingly do what was asked of her but she often boldly made suggestions of how to correct or enhance an area. Within weeks, she had organized stacks of documents and tackled other projects that needed to be taken care of."
Dorrill said the qualities that make Burgans a valued employee seem to come naturally.
“She is always one of the first to arrive in the office, helpful and pleasant to others on both the phone and in person, has a strong work ethic and is dedicated not only to her job but to her family, friends and her education as well," Dorrill said, noting that Burgans is in her senior year in pursuit of a degree in accounting. “Stephanie has been a key factor in helping make the sometimes seemingly impossible and daunting task of reorganizing a department in times of staff vacancies a possibility."
Burgans, who was joined at the ceremony by her husband, Jason, said she was honored to receive the award.
“Like a lot of people who receive this award, I am shocked and unprepared," the Henderson resident said. “This wouldn't be possible without the great employees I work with. I'm just thankful to be a part of the TROY family."