A trio of triumphs

Mizzou’s latest Hall of Fame class dazzles with journalistic, financial and conservation achievements.

Mizzou Hall of Fame inductees
From left, Margaret Holt, Sara Parker Pauley and Rodger O. Riney enter the Mizzou Hall of Fame.

Published on Show Me Mizzou Jan. 10, 2024

The University of Missouri boasts more than 300,000 alumni worldwide. From actors, artists and musicians to business leaders, politicians, inventors and more, our Tigers leave the Mizzou campus prepared to change the world for the better.

Created in 2016, the Mizzou Hall of Fame honors high-achieving alumni who have exhibited excellence in their chosen field. Each year, a class of Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during Mizzou Homecoming. Congratulations to the 2023 inductees.

Margaret Holt, BJ ’73
Standards Editor, Chicago Tribune  (Retired) 

Margaret Holt, standards editor for the Chicago Tribune, built a renowned career in journalism over 50 years before retiring in 2022. 

When she was named to the Tribune’s masthead, the editor described Holt as a recognized pioneer and expert in reader engagement, diversity and ethics. The accuracy program she led became a model for the industry, and Holt was often invited to participate in workshops and media sessions across the country. 

Holt graduated from the School of Journalism in 1973 and held journalism positions in downstate Illinois, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., joining the Chicago Tribune as its first woman sports editor in 1993. She was selected as one of the 20 most influential women in Chicago sports media history in 2022. The Illinois Associated Press Media Editors honored her with its 2021 Lincoln League of Journalists award, recognizing her work in accuracy and ethics. 

She is a former member of MU’s Jefferson Club board of trustees and is a member of the Indigenous Journalists Association.  

Sara Parker Pauley, BJ ’87, JD ’93
Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation 

Sara Parker Pauley, director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), became the first woman to hold the position with her appointment in 2016. Under her leadership, the department’s more than 1,700 employees carry forward the mission to protect and manage the fish, forest and wildlife resources of the state.

Parker Pauley has a long track record of serving the state of Missouri, including her time as director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, chief of staff for the speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives and president of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

A Columbia native, Parker Pauley is a two-time Mizzou alumna and member of the Mizzou Alumni Association, earning her bachelor’s in journalism in 1987 and a law degree in 1993. She was instrumental in the creation of the Johnny Morris Institute of Fisheries, Wetlands and Aquatic Systems at MU, which is a partnership between the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, MDC and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

Rodger O. Riney, BS CiE ’68, MBA ’69
Founder, Scottrade

Rodger O. Riney founded Scottrade Inc. in 1980 to compete in the new business of discount stockbrokerage. Under his leadership, the firm expanded to 3 million client accounts and $170 billion in assets under management, with over 500 branch offices in 48 states.

In 2015, Riney was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and made the difficult decision to sell the firm to TD Ameritrade in 2017. Three years later, Schwab acquired TD Ameritrade as the industry continued to consolidate.

Riney graduated from the College of Engineering in 1968 before earning an MBA from the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business in 1969. He and his wife lead the Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation, which supports research into uncovering a cure for multiple myeloma and related cancers. The foundation also has supported research into neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Riney is a life member of the Mizzou Alumni Association and member of Traditions Circle.

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