Jamie Miller wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 23 April 2015

TROY - Jamie Miller, student services specialist at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Miller, who has been employed by the University since 1990, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Miller was nominated by Herbert Reeves, dean of student 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.

Reeves said Miller demonstrates all the qualities represented by the McKinley Award.

"Dedication, commitment and loyalty would all be words that I would use to describe Jamie Miller and her work ethic," Reeves said. "She has a positive attitude toward all things and people, even when faced with adversity. She is courteous and helpful to all those she comes in contact with both personally and over the phone. She exemplifies the true Trojan spirit in all of her daily tasks."

Miller also serves as a role model for students, Reeves said.

"She works well with students as employees in our office, but also serves as an advisor and mother figure to many of them when needed," he said. "She is well liked and respected by all those she works with and serves. She goes above and beyond in all she does and is a true Trojan."

Miller said she was honored to receive the award.

"I was completely shocked by this," Miller said. "I am very grateful to receive this award. I love my work and I love working for Herb."

Jamie Miller

Jamie Miller, student services specialist at Troy University, receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony Tuesday on the Troy Campus. Miller was nominated by Herbert Reeves, dean of student services. The award, which is the highest honor awarded to a non-faculty staff member, includes an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend. (TROY PHOTO/Kevin Glackmeyer)