Shari Carrothers-Ziebell wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 13 July 2015

TROY - Shari Carrothers-Ziebell, enrollment coordinator at Troy University's Clarksville, Tenn. site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Carrothers-Ziebell, who has been employed by the University since 2009, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Kathleen Akers, area coordinator for Clarksville.

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.

Akers said Carrothers-Ziebell demonstrates all the qualities represented by the McKinley Award.

"Shari is an advocate of the highest principles of customer service," Akers said. "Shari's integrity and high moral compass guide her in her daily decision-making. Her helpful, friendly attitude gains her the confidence and respect of students, co-workers and supervisors. Her resume will not show you the stacks of 'thank-you' cards she receives on a regular basis from students that have successfully graduated from Troy University, in part because she was the support team pushing them forward to succeed. These cards and emails are a testament to Shari's dedication to our students, and they speak volumes about the kind of employee she is. We are all better because Shari is a part of our team."

Carrothers-Ziebell said she was grateful to be honored with the award.

"I am honored to be nominated and to receive this award, and I feel tremendously honored to work for a great university like TROY," Carrothers-Ziebell said. "I love my job and I love the students. We would not be successful in Clarksville without the great team we have in place."

McKinley Award - Troy University

Shari Carrothers-Ziebell, enrollment coordinator for Troy University's Clarksville, Tenn. Site, receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony Wednesday on the Troy Campus. Carrothers-Ziebell was nominated by Kathleen Akers (left), area coordinator for the Clarksville Site. 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)