Beth Sasser wins Troy University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June

Posted: Wednesday, 30 June 2010

TROY, Ala.—Beth Sasser, administrative secretary for the associate provost and graduate dean’s office at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June.

Sasser, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2006, received the award during a ceremony Tuesday in the General Academic Building on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Sasser, who was nominated by Dr. Dianne Barron, associate provost and graduate school dean.

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. Barron praised Sasser for her dedication and work ethic.

“Beth Sasser possesses an incredible work ethic with a methodical follow-through that keeps all the details on track for a vast array of activities concerning the Graduate School and the Associate Provost’s duties,” Dr. Barron said. “She is a delight to work with, displaying incredible patience across a diverse spectrum of issues. Beth is the right hand of the Graduate School. No one does it better. She is the tireless unseen hand that makes the Graduate School run smoothly and successfully.”

Sasser said she was shocked to receive the award.

“Thank you for allowing me to do a job that I really enjoy,” Sasser said. “I really care about our students, and I’m grateful to all of those who have been supportive of me in my efforts to serve our students. I appreciate this wonderful honor.”


Beth Sasser, administrative secretary for Troy University’s Graduate School and Associate Provost, receives the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for June from TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., during a ceremony on Tuesday. Sasser was nominated for the award by Dr. Dianne Barron, associate provost and Graduate School dean (left). The monthly award is the highest honor given to non-faculty staff members and includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.