Summer Davis wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Thursday, 26 September 2013

TROY – Summer Davis, enrollment coordinator for Troy University's Brunswick Site, has won the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Davis, who has been employed at the Brunswick Site for more than 5 years, received the award on Sept. 24 during a ceremony at the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor presented the award to Davis, who was nominated by Lynn Chapman, Brunswick Area Coordinator.

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 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 $1,000 stipend.

Chapman said Davis epitomizes the role of student advocate and is quick to assist students in achieving academic success.

“Summer assists students in learning to navigate the Troy University system by serving as a liaison with student services and financial aid, as a resource to make sure students understand the admission process, as the facilitator of the New Student Orientation and as the leader of the Brunswick Site mentoring program," Chapman said. “She just gets the job done, whatever it is."

Lisa Bennett, Area Coordinator for the University's Sumter, S.C. Site, said Davis is always going the extra mile for the University.

“Summer Davis is the consummate professional," Bennett said. “On many occasions, she has provided assistance to the Sumter Site without hesitation. She leverages creativity and enthusiasm in an effort to inspire and assist others and she always has a helpful, friendly attitude."

Charles W. Mancil, Area Coordinator of TROY's Savannah Site, added that Davis exemplifies the “TROY Spirit."

“Summer is a portrait of all the best qualities which make Troy University a unique institution in which to study and serve," Mancil said. “Summer displays an enthusiasm for her job that can only be described as passionate. Her demeanor is motivating to those who have the opportunity to work alongside her and inspiring to the students whom we serve."

In receiving the award, Davis credited her fellow staff members and the University as a whole for its purpose and vision.

“I appreciate the fact that I work for a University that cares for its students," Davis said. “We do everything we can to help them achieve their goals."

Summer Davis, enrollment coordinator for Troy University's Brunswick Site, receives the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Lynn Chapman (left), Brunswick Area Coordinator, during a ceremony on the Troy Campus on Sept. 24. The award includes an engraved clock and a $1,000 stipend.