Missouri Southern’s Spiva Library is named for Joplin businessman and civic benfactor George A. Spiva.  Mr. Spiva donated 400 shares of DuPont Stock with a mid-1960s market value of $104, 970 to be used in purchasing the Mission Hills campus as a site for Missouri Southern (Source: Renner, G.K., In Pursuit of Excellence: Missouri Southern State College 1937-1992). 

He was honored by having the Spiva Library named after him as well as the Spiva Art Center on campus.  Mr. Spiva died in the spring of 1967.

However, in a way,  it is possible to take a seat beside him!  A statue of Mr. Spiva sits on a bench in Spiva Park at 4th & Main in downtown Joplin.  Feel free to “meet” this important person in MSSU heritage next time you are downtown!