TROY, Ala.—Terri Miles, Helpdesk Coordinator for the Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide (ACCESS) program at Troy University, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for January.
Miles, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2007, received the award Monday during a ceremony in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Miles, who was nominated by Reba Davis, director of ACCESS at TROY.
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, Davis praised Miles for her willingness to “go above and beyond her job duties.”
“Terri exhibits many wonderful qualities such as kindness, patience and understanding that you want in an employee in a help desk position,” Davis said. “She is always ready and willing to pitch in when needed and is always willing to learn something new. Terri truly gives 110 percent of herself to her job and does it effectively and efficiently. She is truly what the spirit of Troy University is all about – service to others.”
Miles said she was surprised and honored to receive the award.
“I am very surprised and excited to receive this award,” Miles said. “This is a tremendous honor and I am very appreciative of the nomination by Reba Davis. It is difficult to put into words what this award means to me. There have been so many wonderful and deserving recipients of this award and I am honored to be included in their ranks.”