Jean Jordan wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for January

Posted: Wednesday, 28 January 2009

TROY, Ala.—Jean Jordan, records clerk for Troy University’s Global Campus transcripts department, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for January.

Jordan, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1997, received the award during a ceremony on Jan. 22 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Jordan, who was nominated by Global Campus Transcripts Supervisor Sue McLendon.

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, McLendon commended Jordan for her dedication and service to the University.

“Jean is always here to fulfill all students request with her excellent knowledge of transcripts and her positive attitude,” McLendon said. “She is always willing to help her coworkers, 100 percent, no matter what their problem may be. She goes above and beyond to make sure that our transcript department is successful. It is a pleasure to work side by side with such a wonderful person.”

Jordan, a Goshen resident, said she was surprised to receive the award.

“I am very appreciative of this honor,” said Jordan. “I enjoy working with Sue (McLendon) and all of my co-workers. We are like a family and we all work to support and encourage each other.”

Troy University’s Global Campus oversees operation of more than 60 teaching sites in 15 states, 10 international sites and one U.S. territory without the use of Alabama taxpayer dollars.

Jean Jordan

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. (right) and Lee Vardaman, senior director of human resources (left) present the Vergil Parks McKinley Award for January to Jean Jordan (second from left) during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on Thursday. Jordan, who serves as a records clerk for the University’s Global Campus, was nominated by Sue McLendon, Global Campus transcript supervisor. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.