Alumni Achievements


  • Kim Hassler (Ed.S. ’13 Educational Administration) has been named assistant principal for Lee’s Summit and Richardson Elementary Schools in Lee’s Summit, Mo., effective for the 2014-15 school year.  Read the Lee’s Summit Journal article in its entirety.
  • Ronda Hubbard (Ed.S. ‘97) has been named Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
  • Chris Oestreich (M.A. ’94 in Higher Education Administration), has been named head basketball coach for the Bismarck (Ark.) High School Lady Lions.  Read more.
  • Dr. Damon Kizzire (M.A. ’94 in Curriculum and Instruction) has been chosen to lead the Kirksville R-III School District as of July 1, 2014.  He is currently the superintendent of the Richmond R-XVI School District and has 23 years of experience as an educator and administrator.
  • Jonathan Long (M.A. ’85 Higher Educational Administration), is Kansas City Kansas Community College’s new dean of student services.  Among his responsibilities are the Student Health Center, athletics, career planning and placement, the childcare center, community outreach, counseling, and advising and student activities.
  • Jason Anderson, CNP (M.A. ’11 in Higher Educational Administration), is now development director at Park University in Parkville, Missouri.
  • Kristin Spain (M.A. in Higher Education Administration ’13) has accepted a new position as student development specialist at Texas Women’s University in Dallas.
  • Talya Schwarzer (M.A. ’97) is the new director of Jewish American Studies at Montclair State University where she hopes to attract more non-Jewish students to the minor.  She has taught Hebrew at the University since 2009.  Read more.
  • The Honorable James Van Amburg (M.A. ’75) was appointed new circuit judge for the sixth circuit in Platte County, Missouri.
  • Aretha M. Perry (M.A. ’11) has been named assistant director for Residential Life – Program Initiatives at Maryville University in St. Louis.
  • Bob VanMaren, Ed.D. (M.A. ’86) has been named to the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame.
  • David Seales (M.A. ’08) has been appointed assistant director of Human Resources at Harvard Business School, Harvard University. In his new role, Dave will be responsible for all learning and organizational effectiveness programs and initiatives for the Harvard Business School staff.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Watson (’64)
McCanles (’97)
Yvonne S.
Wilson (’76)
Steve L.
Obenhaus (’88)
Paul M.
Rutherford (’99)