TROY, Ala.—Jana Tew, a technical services assistant at Troy University’s Dothan Campus Library, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for August.
Tew, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007, received the award on Tuesday during a ceremony in Hawkins Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Tew, who was nominated by Christopher Shaffer, director of library services on the Dothan Campus.
The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented monthly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic. The award was established by former Texaco CEO John McKinley 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 $350 stipend.
In a letter of nomination, Shaffer praised Tew for her dependability and work ethic.
“During her entire tenure at TROY, I have found Jana to be an almost indispensible member of my staff,” Shaffer said. “She has also proven to be the staff member that I turn to when I need assistance in terms of advice about how to handle a delicate problem at the library or just want an opinion about plans I am considering implementing. She has an innate common sense I have come to value greatly. She exhibits a variety of values that I view as essential for success in both life and work, including loyalty, strong character and dependability.”
Tew called the award a tremendous honor.
“I am very honored to receive the McKinley Award,” Tew said. “I am grateful to Mr. Shaffer nominating me for this honor. It is a pleasure to work at Troy University and to have a job that I can honestly say I love.”