Our Namesake

Harry S. Truman: Namesake of Truman State University

Harry TrumanTruman State University is named after Harry S. Truman, the only Missourian to serve as the President of the United States.

Harry Truman believed that schools should provide the kind of training that equips young people to make the most of their own capacities and find a place for themselves in our complex world. And as Missouri’s only public liberal arts and sciences institution, Truman State University is doing its part in preparing intellectual and curious students for lives that matter.

On June 15, 1995, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the mission change to a statewide university, Gov. Mel Carnahan signed into law Senate Bill 340 that changed the University’s name from Northeast Missouri State University to Truman State University, giving the University a name that complements its statewide mission and allowing the University to honor Harry S. Truman, the only Missourian to serve as the President of the United States.

Former names of the University

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Shannon Shaffer 2 2016

My favorite part about Truman is its learning environment. Through its professors, classes, and programs, Truman encourages its students to be curious, lifelong learners.

Shannon S., English Major