TROY, Ala.—Lillis Sullivan, secretary for Troy University’s Department of Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Geomatics, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for April.
Sullivan, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during a ceremony Wednesday in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Sullivan, who was nominated by Diane Porter, Department Chair.
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, Porter praised Sullivan as the “heart and soul” of the department.
“Mrs. Sullivan efficiently and effectively meets every challenge associated with the job,” Porter said. “It is not simply her outstanding job performance but her positive attitude and devotion to people, and not just tasks, that make her deserving of this award. I am constantly amazed at her ability to handle situations and solve problems involving students, faculty and staff with competence, professionalism and, more importantly, with kindness. She is representative of the best of Troy University.”
Sullivan, who was surprised by the announcement, said she enjoyed her work.
“I’m grateful to receive this award,” Sullivan said. “I work for the greatest department at Troy University. The faculty is a joy to work for. It really is fun to go to work every day.”