Amy Owens wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 17 December 2014

TROY - Amy Owens, departmental secretary in the School of Nursing at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Owens, who has been employed by the University since 2009, received the award from Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration, during the University's annual Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus. Owens was nominated by Dr. John Miller, associate 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 quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by the late John McKinley, former Texaco CEO, 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.

Dr. Miller said in addition to excelling in her own position, Owens voluntarily stepped up to fill the gap during a transition in the secretarial position for the College of Health and Human Services.

"I truly believe that Ms. Owens embodies the esprit, determination and ability to excel not only in one but in two areas of responsibility," Dr. Miller said. "In my more than 30 years in higher education, I have very seldom, if ever, been associated with such a pleasant, efficient and unselfish person as Ms. Owens. Due to her efforts, I strongly believe that Ms. Amy Owens is a most deserving recipient of the Vergil Parks McKinley Award."

Owens said she was surprised and humbled to receive the award.

"Receiving this award is truly a blessing," Owens said. "You have no idea what this means to me. Troy University is great."

December 2014 McKinley Award Winner

Amy Owens, departmental secretary in the School of Nursing at Troy University, receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. John Dew (left), Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration, during Wednesday Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus. Owens was nominated by Dr. John Miller (right), Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. The award, which is the highest honor awarded to a non-faculty staff member, includes an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend