Each year, the Missouri State University Alumni Association honors a group of distinguished alumni, former faculty and staff and volunteers in an awards ceremony recognizing their exceptional achievements.
Their leadership roles and impact on their communities are among the hallmarks of these alumni and friends from around the globe.
The 2023 Bears of Distinction Dinner and Awards Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., April 21 in the Christopher S. Bond Learning Center, located at the William H. Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Attendees can RSVP online or by calling 417-836-5654.
The 2023 Bears of Distinction award recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement: Roy Blunt, ’72
Blunt, a longtime politician who retired in January 2023, won three elections to county office, seven elections to represent the 7th District in Congress and four statewide elections. He served Missourians as Secretary of State and in the U.S. Senate.
Outstanding Alumna: Anna Marie Presutti, ’86
Presutti is the first female vice president and general manager of Hotel Nikko San Francisco, a Japanese company that operates 79 properties…