Andy Ellis wins Troy University's McKinley Award

Posted: Wednesday, 05 October 2011

TROY, Ala.—Andy Ellis, a University Relations Coordinator and Editor of TROY Magazine, at Troy University, has received the University's Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Ellis, who has been a member of the Troy University staff since 2002, received the award September 29 in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Ellis, who was nominated by Tom Davis, Director of University Relations.

The McKinley Award is the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty staff member. It is presented quarterly 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 $1,000 stipend.

"Andy Ellis has done an outstanding job as editor of the Troy University Magazine, which has won several national awards," Davis said. "Beyond his job proficiency, Andy possesses a positive attitude and a collegial manner and takes a real interest in our students and alumni. He is well deserving of this award."

Ellis, who normally receives advance notification of the winners of the McKinley Award in order to produce news releases, was surprised when he was presented the Award by Chancellor Hawkins.

"Working with so many wonderful, dedicated people here at TROY and being a part of an institution that truly does exemplify a culture of caring is truly a blessing," he said. "I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given to serve the University and I am truly humbled to be honored with the McKinley Award."

Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis, University Relations Coordinator at Troy University, receives the University's quarterly Vergil Parks McKinley Award on Sept. 29, from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, and Tom Davis (far left), Director of University Relations. Davis nominated Ellis for the award, which includes a $1,000 stipend and an engraved clock. With Ellis are his parents, Marvin and Mary Ellis, son Andrew Ellis and daughter Amanda Ellis. (TROY photo)