Marilyn Cook wins Troy University’s McKinley Award for February

Posted: Tuesday, 01 March 2011

ROY, Ala.—Marilyn Cook, associate registrar in the Records Office at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, has received the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February.

Cook, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 1998, 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 Cook, who was nominated by Lynn C. Watts, Montgomery Campus registrar.

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, Watts described Cook as an “energetic and conscientious employee.”

“Marilyn always responds to students in a sensitive manner, showing concern and compassion when dealing with their educational needs,” Watts said. “In addition to her strength as an administrator, Marilyn is an adjunct instructor who enjoys the respect and affection of her colleagues. She has made strong contributions to Troy University. She has the people and organizational skills, a willingness to work hard both as an individual and collaboratively as a team player, and most importantly, the flexibility and adaptability which makes her a tremendous asset.”

Cook earned both a bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 1990 and a master’s degree in human resources management in 1994 from TROY as an adult learner. It is an experience that served her well as she seeks to assist nontraditional students on the Montgomery Campus.

“I have had a wonderful relationship with Troy University both as a student and for the last 13 years as an employee,” Cook said. “I take ownership of Troy University and really view my job as a way of giving back to all of the people who have helped me along the way.”

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Marilyn Cook, associate registrar in the Records Office at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus, receives the University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award for February on Monday, from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Lynn C. Watts (left), Montgomery Campus registrar. Watts nominated Cook for the award, which includes a $350 stipend and an engraved clock.