Shannon Grissette wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for June

Posted: Monday, 09 June 2008

TROY-Shannon Grissette, a records specialist in the Academic Evaluation Center at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June.

Grissette, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2001, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY chancellor, presented the award to Grissette, who was nominated by Donna Bragg, director of the Academic Evaluation Center and assistant registrar.

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, Bragg called Grissette an “outstanding employee.”

“Shannon is friendly, dependable and very conscientious of her work. She strives daily to learn all she can about her specific job, as well as other operations around campus,” Bragg said. “She goes well out of her way in helping students determine the transferability of their coursework, in some cases well in advance of their admission. I believe she deserves to be recognized with this award.”

Grissette, a resident of Jack, said she was honored to receive the award.

“I couldn’t do my job if I didn’t have such a great boss,” Grissette said. “I thank Donna Bragg for nominating me for this honor.”

Shannon Grissette

Shannon Grissette, a records specialist in the Academic Evaluation Center, receives Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June from Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., (left) and Donna Bragg, director of the Academic Evaluation Center and assistant registrar during a ceremony on Monday in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus. She received $350 and an engraved clock. (TROY photo)