Lions Forward Campaign Gift Supports Student Success

Missouri Southern State University would like to recognize Deron Burr for his generous and transformational gift to the Lions Forward campaign. His major gift includes a current and estate gift which will support the success of students.

Deron Burr, a ’92 graduate with a degree in business, is the President and CEO of the People’s Bank of Seneca. He is a long-time supporter of Missouri Southern as a Lionbacker, Lantern Society member, and serves as the Vice President of the Missouri Southern Foundation Finance Committee.

The Lions Forward Campaign is dedicated to fostering a bright future on campus for our students. The overarching goal of the campaign is to elevate student success opportunities through three strategic areas: Enhancing the student experience, fostering academic excellence, and building the campus of the future.

This campaign will provide a plethora of new student opportunities that will enrich their academic experience and consequently, attract new students to our university for years to come. Funds will be invested heavily into new student scholarships, new student-focused spaces, and the construction of a new Health Science Innovation Center.

“The impact of a successful campaign will be nothing short of transformational. New student scholarships, facilities, and programs that support student success will lead to higher levels of student achievement.”  – Dr. Dean Van Galen, Missouri Southern President

To discuss the Lions Forward Campaign and other ways to support MSSU, call 417-625-3153 or email