Matthew Wright wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 29 September 2015

TROY - Matthew Wright, enrollment coordinator at Troy University's Panama City Site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Wright, who has been employed full-time by the University since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Monday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. He was nominated by Lisa Kitto, area coordinator for the Panama City Site.

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.

Kitto said Wright's positive attitude and passion for TROY make him an excellent choice for the McKinley Award.

"Matt loves his job and performs it to the utmost of his ability," Kitto said. "He goes out of his way to help the Troy University student. It is a pleasure to come to work each day to see the attitude and passion that Matt has for this University. "

Wright, a TROY alumnus, said he was surprised and grateful to receive the award.

"TROY has meant so much to me," he said. "I came from being an undergraduate student and now am working on my Master of Public Administration, and I enjoy sharing the love and excitement I have for TROY with others. I love TROY with all my heart and receiving this award means the world to me."

Matthew Wright - McKinley Award

Matthew Wright, enrollment coordinator for Troy University's Panama City Site, receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony Monday on the Troy Campus. Wright was nominated by Lisa Kitto, area coordinator for the Panama City 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/Jonathan Sellers)