President Jack Magruder

President Jack Magruder

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.– Honored with another distinction in the world of higher education, A.T. Still University President Jack Magruder will serve on the board of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) after an appointment from the governor of the state.

Dr. Magruder will be the “private higher education representative” on the board and the appointment will take effect immediately, lasting until October 2013.

A Missouri native and graduate of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University), Dr. Magruder received his master’s in chemistry and science education from Northern Iowa, before obtaining his doctorate in the same area from Northern Colorado. He taught chemistry at Truman for 22 years, and then rose from the Head of the Science Division to the Vice President for Academic Affairs to president of the University for nine years. During his time at Truman, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, president of the Council on Public Higher Education for Missouri, and president of the Board of Directors of the Truman State University Foundation, among other positions. After retiring in 2003, Dr. Magruder was appointed to the ATSU Board of Trustees, before beginning his role as president of the University in February, 2008.

In 1999, Dr. Magruder received the Administration Achievement Award from Northern Colorado and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Locally, he received the 2003 Hall of Fame Award from the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce and an honorary membership to the KCOM Alumni Association in 2007. He was also on the Community Advisory Committee to the Missouri Foundation for Health.

MOHELA is one of the largest student loan secondary markets in the country and assists thousands of students and families each year in the pursuit of their educational goals. The organization participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program and services student loans for and purchases from lender partners. A self supporting enterprise, the mission of MOHELA is to eliminate barriers for students so they can access higher education.

The organization’s next board meeting will take place June 12 in Chesterfield, Mo.