In recognition of his consistent and long-standing support for Missouri State University, the Board of Governors voted today (Oct. 16) to award the first Government Excellence Award to Senator Mike Parson.
The Government Excellence Award recognizes extraordinary achievement and outstanding support for the university by a current or former elected or appointed government official.
Parson has served in the U.S. Army, as Polk County sheriff, in the Missouri House of Representatives for three terms, and in the Missouri Senate since 2010.
“This is a new award for Missouri State University and we couldn’t be more pleased to award it to Senator Mike Parson,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III.
“Senator Parson has long supported Missouri State in his role as a state representative and senator. Most notably, he championed the bonding package that appropriated almost $19 million to renovate Ellis Hall, Hill Hall and Missouri Hall. The support of legislators like Senator Parson is essential to Missouri State’s continued growth and development.”
About the Government Excellence Award
The Government Excellence Award includes a framed resolution and a 45-pound, 18-inch bronze bear in an upright position mounted on a base. The statue was designed by former Missouri State art professor Dr. Jim Hill. A 14-foot statue version of the bronze bear mounted on a 3-foot concrete base is located just north of Missouri State’s Plaster Student Union. Parson will be presented with the award at commencement on Dec. 11.
Recipients of the Government Excellence Award are recommended by the university president and administrative council and supported by the executive committees of the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and Student Government Association, prior to going before the Board of Governors for approval.