TROY-Trisha Deady, academic advisor in the Undergraduate Department at Troy University’s Augusta, Ga. teaching site, has won the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April.
Deady, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2005, received the award Tuesday 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 Deady, who was nominated by Margaret Paradiso, evaluator/undergraduate supervisor at the Augusta site.
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, Paradiso commended Deady as a dedicated employee who “wears a multitude of hats.”
“From the day she was hired at the August Site, Patricia Deady has always gone out of her way to help,” Paradiso said. “She is the first to volunteer for an assignment or to help with a student. She is always ready to learn something new and has a bright, cheery attitude every day. She does this while mothering two young girls, ages 10 and three, and while her husband is active duty military and deployed three to four times a year. Troy University’s August Site really struck gold by hiring Ms. Deady. She is loyal, diligent, kind and a pleasure to work with in our sometimes hectic environment.”
Dr. Stephen Butler, director of the Augusta Site, attended Tuesday’s ceremony with Deady.
“Trisha is not only a wonderful person to have as a part of our team in Augusta, but she is also a wonderful person to have as a part of the Troy University family,” Dr. Butler said.
Deady, who will soon be transferring to the University’s Pensacola Site where her husband will be stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station, said receiving the McKinley Award was gratifying.
“I am honored to receive this award,” she said. “I was very surprised. I work with a great bunch of people and to know that those I work with think enough of me and the job I do to nominate me for this huge honor means a lot.”