Kim Barron wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for March

Posted: Wednesday, 26 March 2008

TROY-Kim Barron, scheduling manager for Troy University’s eCampus, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for March.

Barron, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 1998, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adam-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Barron, who was nominated by Gayle Nelson, eCampus operations director.

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, Nelson commended Barron for her positive attitude and work ethic.

“Kim’s enthusiastic, positive spirit truly does embody what I believe the McKinley Award represents,” Nelson said. “Her determination is shown by the professional communication style she displays with our deans, faculty, chairs and coordinators throughout Troy University, from the Alabama campuses to the sites and regions of University College. Since Kim began as our eCampus scheduling coordinator in 2006, we have had an 80 percent increase in enrollments, which for Kim means she now schedules 611 courses versus 392 a year ago. We are all truly glad she works for Troy University and TROY eCampus in particular benefits from her sterling dedication.”

Dr. Deb Gearhart, eCampus director, echoed Nelson’s sentiments about Barron. “In the short time I have been with eCampus, I have been impressed with Kim’s dedication to the faculty and students she works with,” Dr. Gearhart said. “Kim gives 110 percent effort all of the time. She meets the criteria of the McKinley Award with flying colors.”

Barron said she was grateful to receive the award.

“I want to thank Gayle Nelson and everyone I work with at eCampus,” the Troy resident said upon receiving the award. “I love working where I work and I truly love what I do.”