Holly Dickerson wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2015

TROY - Holly Dickerson, a housing specialist at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Dickerson, who has been employed full-time by the University since 2008, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday in the Trojan Center ballrooms on the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Sara Jo Burks, assistant director of housing and residential life.

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.

Burks said Dickerson received her first exposure to the housing office as a leadership scholar in 2002. She later served as a graduate assistant before being hired full-time as secretary and later being promoted to her current position.

"Holly is a valued employee and goes above and beyond her job duties daily," Burks said. "She possesses all the qualities the McKinley Award stands for: selflessness, hardworking, great attitude, Trojan pride and spirit and putting students' needs first. She is a self-starter and highly motivated. She is an absolute joy to work with."

Dickerson said she was honored to receive the award.

"I'm overwhelmed," Dickerson said. "I'm so happy to work with a great group of people. The people in the housing office work very hard and it is an honor to be a part of that staff."

McKinley Award

Holly Dickerson, housing specialist at Troy University, receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the Christmas luncheon on Wednesday at the Troy Campus. Dickerson was nominated by Sara Jo Burks (third from left), assistant director of housing and residence life, and joined at the ceremony by her mother, Cathy Dickerson. 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)