Sandy Henry wins Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October

Posted: Monday, 25 October 2010

TROY, Ala.—Sandy Henry, director of enrollment at Troy University’s Dothan Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October.

Henry, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1997, received the award on Monday during a ceremony in Trojan Center ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jim Bookout, senior vice chancellor for finance and business affairs, presented the award to Henry, who was nominated by Bob Willis, dean of student services at the Dothan Campus.

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, Willis described Henry as an exemplary employee.

“Sandy gives 110 percent,” Willis said. “She is the go-to person on the Dothan Campus when there is a problem no one else can solve. She is very student friendly and not only resolves student problems but also uses the opportunity to teach students how to make academic decisions and take control of their academic career.”

Henry began her career with TROY as a clerk-typist at the Fort Rucker location and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at night while maintaining the office and learning the admissions and registration processes. When the director of enrollment position on the Dothan Campus became available in 2005, Willis said hiring Henry for the post was an easy decision.

“Sandy was selected due to her broad knowledge of admissions and recruitment,” Willis said. “Since that time she has been a great leader and trainer.”

Henry said working for Troy University has provided her with opportunities she might not otherwise have enjoyed.

“It truly is a pleasure to work for such a great organization,” Henry said. “When I came to work for TROY at the Fort Rucker Site, I was allowed and encouraged to pursue my bachelor’s and master’s degree. I have had opportunities to accomplish a lot over the last 13 years that I may not have had I worked elsewhere. I love going to work every single day.”


Sandy Henry, director of enrollment on Troy University’s Dothan Campus, is presented with the Vergil Parks McKinley Award for October by Dr. Jim Bookout (left), senior vice chancellor for finance and business affairs, and Bob Willis, dean of student services at the Dothan Campus. Willis nominated Henry for the award, which includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.