Tiffany Gandy wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February

Posted: Thursday, 25 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—Tiffany Gandy, human resources specialist at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February.

Gandy, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2005, received the award during a ceremony on Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Gandy, who was nominated by Brooke Strickland, associate director of human resources.

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, Strickland commended Gandy on her work ethic and attitude.

“Since joining our staff, Tiffany has proven herself to be an asset to the department,” Strickland said. “I have complete faith in Tiffany, and I appreciate her willingness to roll up her sleeves and get the job done. Regardless of the size or the requirements of the project placed before her, Tiffany accepts the responsibility with a smile. Tiffany’s can-do attitude and desire to learn and grow is a small portion of the wonderful personality she brings to the department. It is a joy to work with her.”

Gandy said she was surprised and humbled by the award.

“I enjoy my work here at TROY, and I am fortunate to work with such a great group of people,” Gandy said. “I am truly honored to receive this award.”

Tiffany Gandy