Mizzou Alumni Association names 2023 Faculty and Alumni Award winners

Top row: Ronald R. Wood, Earnest L. Perry Jr., John R. Dodam, Jeri L. Doty, Rachel Palencia Harper, Ray Klinginsmith and Amy M. Knopps
Bottom row: Reuben Merideth, Stephanie A. Reid-Arndt, Jay Sexton, John W. Shaw, Benjamin C. Thomas and Wamwari Waichungo

Nov. 13, 2023
Contact: Brian Consiglio, 573-882-9144, consigliob@missouri.edu

The Mizzou Alumni Association honored 13 distinguished faculty and alumni with annual Faculty and Alumni Awards on Nov. 10.

Celebrated since 1968, the Faculty and Alumni Awards highlight the contributions of exceptional individuals to the university’s growth and core mission through their professional accomplishments, teaching and research excellence or service to the institution. Faculty are selected for accomplishments in their chosen field, excellence in fulfilling their academic responsibilities, and exemplary relationships with students. Alumni are chosen for outstanding professional achievement and loyal, devoted service to their community and alma mater.

Here are the 2023 Faculty and Alumni Award recipients:

68th Annual Distinguished Service Award
  • Ronald R. Wood, B.S. E.E. ’64; president and CEO, B&V Energy, retired, Black & Veatch Corporation
64th Annual Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Earnest L. Perry Jr., M.A. ’95, Ph.D. ’98; professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research, Missouri School of Journalism
2023 Faculty and Alumni Award Recipients
  • John R. Dodam; professor and chair, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jeri L. Doty, M.S.N. ’81; chief planning officer, retired, MU Health Care
  • Rachel Palencia Harper, M.A. ’97, Ph.D. ’04; associate dean, associate teaching professor of English, Honors College
  • Ray Klinginsmith, B.S. B.A. ’59, J.D. ’65; general counsel and professor of business administration, retired, Truman State University
  • Amy M. Knopps, B.S. Ed. ’01; associate director of bands and director of athletic bands, College of Arts and Science
  • Reuben Merideth, B.S. B.A. ’70, D.V.M. ’78; co-owner — Animal Eye Associates STL, founder — Eye Care for Animals
  • Stephanie A. Reid-Arndt; senior associate dean and professor, College of Health Sciences
  • Jay Sexton; Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair of Constitutional Democracy and director, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy
  • John W. Shaw; B.A. ’73, M.A. ’77, J.D. ’77, partner, Berkowitz Oliver LLP
  • Benjamin C. Thomas; B.A. ’70, J.D. ’73, litigation attorney, retired, Thomas Rubin & Kelley PC
  • Wamwari Waichungo; M.S. ’94, Ph.D. ’96, vice president, global safety assessment and regulatory affairs, SC Johnson
Learn more about this year’s recipients

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