TROY-Kim Shaver, associate director for online learning systems/Blackboard at Troy University, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December.
Shaver, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 1996, received the award Tuesday during the University’s annual faculty/staff Christmas luncheon in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Shaver, who was nominated by Ronnie Creel, eCampus director of educational technology. 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.
Creel said despite challenges such as turnover in personnel and upgrading to a new version of the Blackboard distance learning software, Shaver has tackled her new position with a positive attitude and tremendous dedication.
“Kim has been in her current role for less than a year and she has handled this job and all of its challenges wonderfully,” Creel said. “As a manager, I really appreciate having Kim as a part of our team.”
Shaver, a Troy resident, was surprised to receive the award. “I am really shocked by this,” she said of receiving the award. “Because of the challenges from time to time in dealing with technology, my job is not always fun, but I really enjoy supporting the efforts of our great faculty. I am honored to receive this award and to be a part of a great team at Troy University.”