What does a quality undergraduate education provide? Critical skills used in both personal and professional life? Exceptional preparation for graduate school? Life changing opportunities? Justis Tuia ’07 believes he received all of this and more when he came to Truman State University. Thanks to a generous scholarship, he got a college education without taking on crippling student debt. Now he aims to give as he received.
For Tanner Williams ’02, scholarships helped him achieve his goal of earning a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. That degree, combined with the unique learning experiences he had outside of the classroom as a student at Truman State University, helped lead Tanner into a successful career with AFT, the American Federation of Teachers. Currently, he serves as the director of organizingand leadership development with Texas AFT in Austin.
Our colleague and friend Debra "Deb" Kerby, dean of the School of Business, passed away on Jan. 14, 2020, at the age of 64. Since joining the Truman State University accounting faculty in 1982, Dr. Kerby devoted herself to working with students and improving the University. She took great pride in the success of all the business and accountancy students who passed through Violette Hall.
Dr. Miles Lovelace and Nancy Lovelace do not have children of their own, yet strong parental instincts are evident when it comes to Truman and ensuring that students have the resources necessary to thrive.
Originally from the St. Louis area, Pamela Popp resides in Denver and is the executive vice president of Western Litigation Inc. She has nearly 30 years of health care risk management experience, ranging from direct claims management to program internalization and development, risk program consulting (risk assessments, crisis response, education), industry volunteer leadership and operational management of WLI.
More than 150 of Truman State University’s most generous alumni and friends have arranged an estate or planned gift in support of Truman and have become members of the University’s legacy society—the Joseph Baldwin Society.