Joplin, MO (SNS) – Dr. Al Cade, the former dean of the School of Education who passed away on Feb. 21, is the recipient of the 2015 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

The award is presented to an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher education institution in the state. A non-monetary recognition, it is based on effective teaching, effective advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement.

Cade served Missouri Southern students and faculty for 28 years in a number of positions, including kinesiology instructor and assistant football coach, chair of the Teacher Education Department and, most recently, the School of Education’s dean. He served on state-level education committees and was very active in the Joplin community, serving as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club, the Miracle League and the Joplin Human Rights Commission, among other organizations.

His wife, Dorothy Cade, will accept the award on his behalf during a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 7, at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Family members will be in attendance as well as Missouri Southern President Dr. Alan Marble and Dr. Pat Lipira, vice president of academic affairs.

Cade was the unanimous choice for the honor by Missouri Southern’s four deans, said Lipira.

“We have been rotating the award by school at MSSU and this was the year for the recipient to be from the School of Education,” she said. “With the loss of Al and the contributions that he has made to our school and our students, it was a very easy selection process.  I am thrilled that he will be recognized at the state level.”