Fran Scheel wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

TROY—Fran Scheel, Director of Personal Counseling and SAVE Project, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June.

Scheel, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1997, received the award during a ceremony on Tuesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Chancellor Jack Hawkins, presented the award to Scheel, who was nominated by Dean Herbert Reeves, Dean of Student Services.

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 Scheel was a true “unsung hero” at Troy University.

“She has an extremely difficult job in assisting students with a variety of personal problems and offering advice to help these students adjust or making life-changing choices,” said Reeves. She deals with many issues -- from homesickness, mental health issues, to grief counseling. Simply put, our students’ problems are her problems.”

Scheel said she was honored to receive the award.

“It is such a privilege to receive this award,” she said. “So many people are deserving of it and I am honored to have been nominated by Dean Reeves.”


Fran Scheel, center, Troy University's director of personal counseling and the SAVE Project, is awarded the University's Virgil Parks McKinley Award by Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., right. She was nominated for the University's highest staff honor by Dean of Students Herbert Reeves. (TROY photo)