Alumni Spotlight: Mark Grider

Building a Broad Base for a Law Career

From participating in sports to learning beyond the classroom to studying multiple subjects, Mark Grider fully engaged in a college experience that ultimately helped shape his professional purpose.

Truman’s student-athletes are known for excelling in the classroom as well as on the field, and Mark Grider serves as a perfect example. As a member of the Bulldog football team, he liked how an equal emphasis was placed on the sport and academics. “We wanted to win, but we wanted to do it the right way,” said Grider, who received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Truman and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. “I felt like that was the culture at Truman.”

During his time as a student at Truman, he also took advantage of an opportunity to participate in an internship in Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City. The first-hand look at state and local politics showed Grider how his communication studies, as well as political science classes, applied to real-world situations.

“I think the base in your pursuit of liberal arts really allows you to have diversity of thought and intellectual challenges and that creates a great platform for you,” said Grider. “Truman State University is helping students pursue a strong foundation and a good base.”

By jumping in and pursuing high-impact learning experiences throughout his educational journey, Grider not only heightened his knowledge, he also acquired a valuable skill set that helped launch a successful career as an attorney in Washington, D.C.