Faculty recognition 2004 : William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
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The William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence were established by the William T. Kemper Foundation in 1991 with a $500,000 gift to honor to outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri-Columbia each year for five consecutive years. In both 1995 and 2000, the Kemper Foundation extended the program for five additional years with gifts of $500,000. This marks the program's 14th year, with a total of 140 recipients to date. Every spring, the MU chancellor and executives from Commerce Bank, the trustee for the Kemper Foundation, interrupt the classes of new Kemper Fellows and surprise each of them with $10,000 to spend as they wish. Last month, faculty kept a watchful eye out for the award presentation team of Chancellor Richard Wallace and Commerce Bank's central Missouri region Chairman Jim Schatz. Kemper Fellows have commented on how the awards enhance faculty morale, reward the important role of teaching in higher education, and demonstrate the beneficial relationship between private gifts and the University. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well -known civic leader in Kansas City. His 52-year career in banking included top positions in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. The William T. Kemper Foundation, established in 1989 after his death, is dedicated to continuing Kemper's lifelong interest in improving the human condition and quality of life through education, health and human services, civic improvements and the arts. MU is grateful to the William T. Kemper Foundation for its generosity and to Commerce Bank N.A. for hosting the William T. Kemper Fellows awards ceremony and reception.
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