Candace Hines wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December

Posted: Tuesday, 16 December 2008

TROY, Ala.—Candace Hines, international site coordinator for Troy University’s Global Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December.

Hines, who has been a member of the Global Campus staff since 2005, received the award during the University’s annual Christmas luncheon in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presented the award to Hines, who was nominated by Dr. Philip E. Lyon, director of international programs for Global Campus.

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, Dr. Lyon commended Hines for her efficiency, work ethic and patience.

“In her position, Ms. Hines oversees and coordinates the student records throughout the international region of the University’s Global Campus relating to admissions, registration, maintenance of student records, testing, advisement for ongoing student education, as well as being sure that graduation requirements are met,” Dr. Lyon said. “Ms. Hines also oversees faculty assignments to international sites and coordinates all the activities including visas, travel arrangements and textbooks. She must deal with people from many different cultures and must do so in such a manner as to avoid misunderstanding, as well as maintaining the policies and practices of TROY. It is very gratifying to me that our partners universally praise her efficiency and manner whenever I am in their company. Her work performance and demeanor represent all that is best at TROY and has been instrumental in the growth and success of our overseas programs.”

Dr. Lyon said he is fortunate to have someone like Hines as a member of his staff.
“As her immediate supervisor, I in all candor could state that I am extremely fortunate to have a person so dedicated, knowledgeable and sensitive working in my office. It is not unusual for Ms. Hines to provide guidance when I am off the beaten path. She is truly an outstanding worker and person and is very deserving of this honor.”

Hines said she was honored to receive the award.

“I feel fortunate to work with such a great team of people,” Hines said. “I am truly honored to receive this award and feel blessed to work for Troy University.”

Troy University’s Global Campus oversees operation of more than 60 teaching sites in 15 states, 10 international sites and one U.S. territory without the use of Alabama taxpayer dollars.

Candace Hines

Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. (right) presents the Vergil Parks McKinley Award for December to Candace Hines during the University’s annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday. Hines, who serves as international site coordinator for the University’s Global Campus, was nominated by Dr. Philip E. Lyon, director of international programs for Global Campus. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.