John Carr

John Carr, an instructor of emergency and disaster management, was named Northwest Missouri State University’s 2020 Governor’s Award winner.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents on Thursday recognized John Carr, an instructor of emergency and disaster management, as the 2020 Governor’s Award winner.

Carr was honored along with six others during the university’s opening meetings on Aug. 16 as Faculty Excellence Award winners.

“It’s important to recognize those who are models of our faculty’s commitment to quality and excellence in academics,” said Provost Jamie Hooyman in a press release. “Their outstanding work in the areas of research, service and teaching moves the benchmark for excellence just a little bit higher each year.”

The Governor’s Award is sponsored by the Missouri Council on Higher Education and presented annually to an outstanding faculty member of each of Missouri’s four-year public institutions. Northwest’s recipient is chosen from faculty members who receive the university’s Faculty Excellence Award for teaching.

Faculty Excellence Award recipients are selected in each of the three categories of teaching, scholarship and service from nominees representing Northwest’s six professional schools, and one recipient is selected in each category from nominees representing the five academic departments comprising the College of Arts and Sciences, for a total of six award winners.

The five other Faculty Excellence Award winners are:

  • Stephen Ludwig, assistant professor of accounting and director of the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business
  • Oscar Perez-Hernandez, assistant professor of agricultural sciences
  • Eva Wu, professor of geography
  • Joni Adkins, associate professor of computer science and information systems
  • Robin Gallaher, assistant professor of English and chair of the Department of Language, Literature and Writing

State funding requests

The Board of Regents approved requests for state funding for fiscal year 2021 during its regular meeting on Thursday.

Funding requests are sent by each state institution to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and approved by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education before being forwarded on to the state for consideration. Some notable requests by Northwest are listed below:

  • Nearly $471,000, which would be matched by Northwest, to start a cybersecurity training program as a possible major for students
  • $5.76 million to construct a new 15,500 square-foot ag mechanics building with both shop and classroom space to facilitate the creation of an emphasis area in Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Management
  • A capital request of more than $1.8 million to upgrade the Fine and Performing Arts building for continued accreditation through the North Association of Schools of Music since the original building design does not meet the requirements for noise isolation

Other Board of Regents news

  • Mel Tjeerdsma took part in his first meeting as an interim appointment to the board, replacing Pat Harr. Tjeerdsma will need to be confirmed by the Missouri Senate for the appointment to become official.
  • The board approved a software maintenance agreement with Ellucian for its Banner software for an amount not to exceed $2.025 million over five years.
  • The National Guard completed about $500,000 worth of road improvements leading to the Mozingo Outdoor Education and Recreation Area, which were part of the National Guard’s use of the area for its Vigilant Guard exercise earlier this summer.

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