Shane Tatum wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Wednesday, 21 December 2011

TROY, Ala.—Shane Tatum, coordinator of recreation at Troy University, has received the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Tatum, who has been a member of the University's staff since 2005, received the award Dec. 21 during the University's annual Christmas luncheon on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Tatum, who was nominated by Herbert Reeves, dean of student services.

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.

In a letter of nomination, Reeves called Tatum one of the University's "unsung heroes."

"Shane is the type of employee that goes about his job with little fanfare. He simply makes things happen," Reeves said. "He spends many hours on campus at night and on the weekends to make sure that service is available to students and that we are meeting their needs. He goes the extra mile in all he does to ensure quality. Shane never leaves a job until it is complete, and he is constantly looking for ways to improve service sand provide a quality experience for all of our students."

Tatum said he was honored and credited the hard work of staff members for making it possible for him to receive the award.

"This is a tremendous honor, but I wouldn't be up here receiving this award if it weren't for members of my staff and all of their hard work," Tatum said. "I love what I do and I thank you for this award."

Shane Tatum

Shane Tatum, coordinator of recreation at Troy University, receives the University's quarterly Vergil Parks McKinley Award on Dec. 21, from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Herbert Reeves (left), dean of student services. Reeves nominated Tatum for the award, which includes a $1,000 stipend and an engraved clock.