Selection Criteria and Process

To be eligible for induction into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame nominees must have a connection to the state of Missouri. Elected public officials, the president of Missouri State University, members of the Selection Committee, and Missouri State Board of Governors members cannot be nominated.

Inductees will be selected based on their support of public affairs and engaged citizenship. The selection process will recognize that public affairs is not restricted to politics, humanities or the social sciences, but that its presence is found in all areas that require critical thinking, participation and the willingness to work for the common good. Inductees’ support of public affairs may relate to the following:

  • The designated Missouri State University pillars of public affairs;
  • The Missouri State University public affairs annual theme;
  • Demonstration of active community engagement for a sustained period of time;
  • Evidence of broad impact resulting from public and community service; or
  • Demonstration of how the inductee serves as a role model of public affairs and how the inductee instills the public affairs mission in others.

Nominations may be submitted for consideration at any time through the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame webpage. However, to ensure consideration, nominations should be submitted before July 1 for the class two years after such date (e.g., July 1, 2016 for consideration in the class to be inducted in the spring of 2018). Additionally, the president of the university and/or the Selection Committee may nominate individuals of their own accord at any time during the selection process. All nominations must include the nominee’s name. Nominators are encouraged to submit additional information about the nominee to consider during the selection process.

The president will create a Selection Committee consisting of no fewer than five members. The Selection Committee will review all nominations and recommend to the president which nominees should be inducted into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame. The final selection of nominees for induction will be made by the Selection Committee subject to the president’s approval.

Selection committee

  • Ryan DeBoef (chair)
    Chief of staff, office of the president, Missouri State University
  • Rachelle Darabi
    Associate provost for student development and public affairs, Missouri State University
  • Dr. Paul Durham
    2019-20 provost fellow for public affairs, Missouri State University
    Associate professor, communications, Missouri State University
  • Brent Dunn
    Vice president for University advancement, Missouri State University
  • Bridget Dierks
    Grant Program Officer, Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Stephanie Smith
    Senior director for donor relations and special events, development office, Missouri State University
  • Juan Meraz
    Assistant vice president for multicultural services, Missouri State University
  • Suzanne Shaw
    Vice president for marketing and communications, Missouri State University