MEDIA Advisory: Kemper Awards announced next week

March 18, 2022
Contact: Sara Diedrich, 573-882-3243,


Each year, five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri are selected as Kemper fellows – a peer-nominated award that includes a $15,000 stipend. University administrators and Steve Sowers, president and CEO of the central region of Commerce Bank, will be surprising the honorees early next week.

The William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence were established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.


Monday, March 21

First Kemper Award recipient
When: 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Where: Media interested in attending can contact Sara Diedrich for details at or 573-882-3243.

Second Kemper Award recipient
When: 3:15-3:50 p.m.
Where: Media can meet in the rotunda of Jesse Hall at 3 p.m.

NOTE: The award is a surprise to recipients. Therefore, names of winners and their classroom locations will not be revealed until immediately before the award presentation.

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