Bob Willis wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April

Posted: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

TROY, Ala.—Bob Willis, dean of student services at Troy University’s Dothan Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April.
Willis, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1991, received the award during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy University chancellor, presented the award to Willis, who was nominated by Herbert Reeves, dean of student services for the University.

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, Reeves said Willis had an outstanding work ethic.
“Bob goes above and beyond in every facet of his job, working with faculty, staff and especially students,” Reeves said. “Bob genuinely cares about his students. He provides individual attention to any student needing his assistance. He is well respected by all those he works with and comes in contact with. He gives a lot of himself to the Dothan Campus and the students of that campus asking very little in return.”

Reeves said Willis was both a team player and a leader.

“He has served in many leadership positions including interim vice chancellor for the Dothan Campus, while maintaining his responsibilities as the dean,” Reeves said. “Bob exemplifies all the ideals of the McKinley Award both in the work environment and in his personal life. He is very engaged in many community service activities giving back to his fellow man and the community of Dothan.”
Willis was both surprised and honored to receive the award.

“I have always enjoyed the positions in which I have served with Troy University,” Willis said. “I enjoy coming to work every day and working with the students and the great people in student services.”

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Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor of Troy University, presents the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April to Bob Willis (center) during a ceremony in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus on Wednesday. Willis, who serves as dean of student services at TROY’s Dothan Campus, was nominated by Herb Reeves (right), the University’s dean of student services. The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.