TROY, Ala.-- Glenda Locklar, departmental secretary of the kinesiology and health promotions department at Troy University, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for September.
Locklar, a member of the TROY staff for 27 years, received the award Sept. 25 during a ceremony in the Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor, presented the award to Locklar, who was nominated by Dr. Candace Howard-Shaughnessy, associate professor and interim chair of the kinesiology and health promotion department.
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.
Shaughnessy said that words cannot express the gratitude, appreciation, and heart-felt admiration for Mrs. Locklar and what she means to the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
“Mrs. Glenda Locklar is the glue that holds our department together,” said Shaughnessy. “She is always willing to roll up her sleeves and dig in to get the job done.”
Shaughnessy said that Locklar is very deserving of the McKinley Award and will represent the true values of Dr. Virgil Parks McKinley’s giving attitude.
Locklar said receiving the award was a true honor, but a complete surprise.
“I have been a part of Troy University for 27 years,” the Troy resident said. “This University and the people I work with are truly a part of my family. I enjoy being there for the students and helping them in any way that I can. It is a joy for me to be able to do so.”