President’s Leadership Award
President's Leadership Award
One of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the University, this award honors Truman's most ardent supporters who show an exceptional commitment to the University through gifts of volunteerism, expertise and financial resources. The awards are presented at the annual Truman State University Foundation Banquet held on campus each spring.
2016 President's Leadership Award Recipient:
John Bartling developed an appreciation for Truman State University when he came to campus to pursue a degree in education. During the 31 years he spent as a member of the Truman faculty, he taught curious students how to use their own intellectual pursuits to prepare for lives that matter. And his impact on the University’s learning community has continued long after he retired as professor emeritus of mathematics in 1998.
A native of Hannibal, Mo., John received a Bachelor of Science in education from Truman in 1963. He also earned a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and pursued a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley. He taught in Ashland, Ill., for a few years and joined the Truman faculty in 1967 where he taught for more than three decades.
John’s late wife, Jane (Poage) Bartling, was a 30-year member of the Truman faculty, and over their collective teaching careers, the two taught and mentored hundreds of students. In recognition of John’s outstanding commitment to his students, he was selected Educator of the Year in 1977 by Alpha Phi Sigma, a national honor society.
John has given to the University through his commitment to student learning as well as significant financial support totaling more than $125,000. Since 2013, he has established seven endowed scholarship funds at Truman to honor family, colleagues, and friends.
To celebrate the Bartlings’ long record of service to students and the Truman community, John established a scholarship in honor of his late wife and another to commemorate his career at Truman, as well as two other scholarships named in honor of Jane’s colleagues and lifelong friends Regina Lindhorst and Jo Ann Weekley. The Dr. Susan LaGrassa Mathematics Scholarship and the Dr. Kevin L. Easley Mathematics and Physics Scholarship both serve as tributes to two of John’s former students who now serve as members of the Truman faculty. And in gratitude to his parents’ strong support of his educational pursuits, John established the Carl H. and Lorene M. Bartling Scholarship.
In addition to these scholarship funds which provide ongoing support for a wide range of Truman students, John became a member of the Joseph Baldwin Society when he designated a six-figure gift to the University through his estate plans.
Having generously dedicated his time, talents, and resources to Truman over the years, John has stayed close to the University and resides in Kirksville.
Past Recipients of the President's Leadership Award
John and Jackie Settlage
Randa Rawlins ('79)
Calvin Roebuck ('57)
Linda Miller ('70)
Chuck Woods ('86) & Sherri (Pierce) Woods
Darrell Krueger & Nancy Krueger
Stanley & Doris (Pickens) Bohon ('43)
Linden Lyle Ingraham (awarded posthumously)
Dean Rosebery ('41) & Amy (Ayres) Rosebery ('43)
Chuck Foudree ('66)
Dwain Horn ('50)
Steve Rose ('69)
Donald Scriven ('50, '59) & Jolene Davidson Scriven ('54, '59)
L.L. Via ('48)