Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Dr. Hal Higdon
Submitted Photo / OTC

The chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College is this year’s recipient of the Missourian Award. Dr. Hal Higdon will be formally acknowledged at a ceremony next month.

The Missourian Award — established in 1994 by Mr. Ralph Slavens — honors outstanding Missourians who have made widespread contributions to the state through civic, business, arts or political work. Honorees are selected by nomination and chosen by a committee of past recipients.

Stephanie Bryant
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The dean of Missouri State University’s College of Business will depart in December after six and half years on the job.

Stephanie Bryant has accepted the role of executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“I will dearly miss the students, faculty, athletes and coaches, MSU leadership team, friends, and community of Springfield,” Bryant said in a statement Monday. “My years as a Bear will always have a special place in my heart.

flickr/Simon Hayhurst

The Missouri State University Libraries, in partnership with local history blog Ozarks Alive, has received a grant through the National Park Service to document historic trucking along Route 66.

The $5,100 grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program will focus on the history of trucking along the Missouri section of the Mother Road from 1926 to 1985 through oral history interviews.

Clif Smart
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Missouri State University President Clif Smart earned high marks by the Board of Governors during his recent annual performance evaluation.

Smart presented his self-assessment at the board’s annual summer retreat in June. It was followed by an electronic survey that each board member completed assessing Smart’s performance in nine major categories.

Michele Skalicky

During his State of the Schools speech at Central High School Thursday, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said the district will roll out LAUNCH, what he calls “Missouri’s solution for course access issues for school districts and families.”

Jungmann said, "driven by a purpose motive, not a profit motive, LAUNCH will provide quality, online learning options designed, developed and delivered by Missouri's educators."