Leah Sims wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 22 June 2016

TROY - Leah Sims, departmental secretary for the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Sims, who has been employed by the University since 2010, 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. She was nominated by Dr. Mark Tillman, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and Associate Dean Dr. John J. Miller.

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.

In a letter of nomination, Drs. Tillman and Miller praised Sims for her attitude in the workplace.

"As her direct supervisors, we have been able to observe Ms. Sims conduct herself with unusual poise, in a most cheerful, helpful and professional manner under all circumstances," the letter said. "It should be noted that her husband was deployed to Afghanistan in February to return in October. As a result, while she has to be a mother, wife, father and confidant since February, she has not let such commitments impact her responsibilities in the Dean's Office. She also has gladly accepted being a mentor to the department or school administrative secretaries in the College of Health and Human Services."

Sims said she was honored to receive the award.

"It is such an honor to receive this award," Sims said. "The McKinley Award is the greatest honor a staff member at Troy University can receive, so I'm truly amazed and humbled to receive it."

Leah Sims

Leah Sims, departmental secretary for the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University, received the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on the Troy Campus on Monday. Sims was nominated for the award by Dr. Mark Tillman, dean of the college, and Dr. John Miller, associate dean. 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)