Denise L. Smith Volunteer of the Year

Brian KrippnerBrian Krippner (’89)

Brian P. Krippner received his BS in Business Administration/Finance in 1989 and has an MA in Finance and Legal Studies from Webster University (1993). Krippner has spent his entire professional career in the corporate trust administration, starting with internships while a Truman student. He is currently Senior Vice President/Regional Manager for UMB Bank, officing in St. Louis, MO. As a student, Brian served as a Resident Advisor and as a member of the Student Activities Board. He joined Truman’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi in 1986 and has been actively involved for more than 35 years, including service as the District Director to the Truman Chapter, various national committee assignments and as President of the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation. Brian has also been a member of the School of Business Advisory Board since 1999 and recently completed a 6-year term on the Truman State University Foundation’s Board of Directors. Brian and his wife, Ame (‘90) live in Crestwood, MO. They have two daughters: Lauren is a senior at Truman; Megan is a senior at Lindbergh High School.

About the Award:

The Truman State University Alumni Association created the Bulldog Forever Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012 to honor a volunteer leader for exemplary service to the University through the Alumni Association or any of its affiliated organizations. In 2019, the name of the award was changed to the Denise L. Smith Volunteer of the Year Award in honor of the late Denise Smith, who served as the director of alumni relations at Truman for many  years.

This award recognizes individuals who have sustained outstanding volunteer service to Truman State University through the Alumni Association and reflects length and depth of service on the part of the recipient.

Each year, one award is given to a member of the Truman Alumni Association who is a current member of a chapter and/or club. The Alumni Association encourages and appreciates the financial support of alumni gifts to the University. However, the Volunteer Award is intended for and elevates the service and time given to the University by our volunteers.

Nomination Criteria:

Nomination form

Previous Recipients

  • 2021: JoEllen (Flanagan) Engelbart (’11)
  • 2020: Hope (Slaby) Harms (’07)
  • 2019: John W. Davison  (’75, ’81, ’84)
  • 2018: Phillip Campbell (’06)
  • 2017: Gerald Hollingsworth (’67) & Karol Hollingsworth
  • 2016: Marsha Redmon (’79)
  • 2016: Chris Wiedmeyer (’96)
  • 2015: Naomal “Vid” Vidyasagara (’92)
  • 2014: Michael A. Wilson (’91)
  • 2013: Tania Cook (’85)
  • 2012: Will Sass (’72, ’77)