Distinguished Service Award
Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Alumni, faculty, staff, families, and friends of the University directly impact the future of Truman State University through outstanding volunteer and philanthropic service. Our Distinguished Service Award is one of the ways the University recognizes their generous commitment to Truman and its students.
2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipient:
Dr. Gail B. Crump ('64)
Gail Crump, a Kirksville native, graduated summa cum laude from Truman State University in 1964 with a B.A. and a B.S.E. in English. While at Truman, he and his twin brother, the late Gary A. Crump, were active in the College Players, Blue Key, Alpha Phi Omega, and other organizations.
Crump received his M.A. degree in English in 1965 and his Ph.D. in English in January 1970, from the University of Arkansas, where he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His field of academic specialization is Modern British and American Literature, particularly fiction and drama.
In September 1969, he joined the faculty of the department of English at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, and he taught there until his retirement in December 2011.
He is the author of The Novels of Wright Morris: a Critical Interpretation, published by the University of Nebraska Press, and a number of critical articles. During his career, he has served on the editorial board of the D. H. Lawrence Review, edited several issues of the Publications of the Missouri Philological Association, and served as fiction editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. Crump is also a partner in Cave Hollow Press, a little press devoted to publishing original fiction by Midwestern writers.
As a faculty member at the University of Central Missouri, he has served as chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages, interim chair of the Department of Geography and Interdisciplinary studies, and Associate Provost. In 2014, the Service Award of College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UCM was re-named "The Gail B. Crump Meritorious Service Award" in his honor. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the UCM Emeriti Association and edits the Emeriti Newsletter.
Crump recently served six years on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors, is a member of the President's Circle, and a member of the Truman State University Kansas City Alumni Chapter.
Past Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award
2014: Cynthia M. Spiker ('93)
2013: Jeffrey Romine ('74) & Marilyn (Casteel) Romine ('78)
Mike Schwend ('83, '90) & Mary Jo (Fitzpatrick) Schwend ('81, '83)
2012: Jim Bergman ('90)
2011: Jim Cherrington ('85)
2010: Jeannette (Toth) Harris ('71, '78)
David Nichols & Debra (Fortenberry) Nichols ('80, '01)
2009: Kathy Rieck ('73, '76, '81)
2008: Ron ('82) Gaber & Elsie (Kins) Gaber ('87)
G. Ruth (Black) Mach
Wilma (Rayfield) Maddox ('79)
2007: Tom Ballard ('69)
Major General John V. Cox ('52)
2006: Geraldine (Toth) Ready ('70)
Dwyane Smith ('84, '91)
Chuck Woods ('86)
2005: Bill Cable & Dianthe (Truitt) Cable ('60, '77)
Kevin Kuebler ('90) & Bonnie (Neuner) Kuebler ('87)
2004: Steven Barger ('67)
Doris (Pickens) Bohon ('43)
Victor Childers ('55)
John Lundgren ('64, '65)
2003: Maria Evans ('81)
Larry Lunsford ('81,)
Steve Rose ('69)
Mary (Rhodes) Russell ('80)
2002: Kay (Dewey) Baird ('62)
Steve Justice ('70, '81)