Two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the success and growth of Missouri Southern were honored during Pride & Purpose Day on Saturday, Feb. 9.
A luncheon was held in the North End Zone Facility, and recipients were recognized during the men’s home basketball game vs. Fort Hays.
“This was the second annual Pride & Purpose event, and we were thrilled to recognize alumni who have given back to Missouri Southern and their own communities,” said Lee Elliff Pound, director of Alumni & Constituent Relations.
Brandon Williams, a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens and former Missouri Southern student, received the 2019 Spirit of Service Award.
The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community through their time, actions, talent and dedication.
Williams, who was selected for the 2019 Pro Bowl, serves as an official spokesman and ambassador for the Maryland Food Bank. Since 2016, he has been involved with the Westport Boys and Girls Club. He has hosted a number of special events such as Thanksgiving dinners and school supply giveaways, as well as an initiative that focuses on academics.
Other community efforts he has supported include volunteer work for BARCS Animal Shelter, helping raise funds for a new air and heating system for a local high school, a Secret Santa program and more.
Last August, he was awarded the 2018 Tim Wheatley Award for Community Service.
“It’s awesome to be recognized, but I don’t do it for the awards,” says Williams. “I feel as if so much was done for me and given to me when I was a kid and didn’t have what I needed.
“It’s an honor to give back to the community, wherever I am.”
While he was not in attendance for the Pride & Purpose event, the award was accepted on his behalf by Judd McPherson.
Glenn Wilson, a 1955 graduate of Joplin Junior College, received the 2019 Lion-Hearted Award.
The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to Missouri Southern through service, financial support or other efforts.
Wilson is one of the longest-serving volunteer board members at Missouri Southern. He served two separate terms on the university’s Board of Governors, with his first term lasting from 1978-83. He was appointed again in 1994 to fill an unexpired term and became board president in 1996. He was appointed to another full term from 1997-2003.
Wilson also served on the Missouri Southern Foundation’s Board of Directors from 1978-2014. He was the board’s vice president in 1978, president from 1984-85, and treasurer from 1996-2014.
He has been a decades-long member of the Lionbacker Booster Club and is a member of the Lantern Society at the President’s Society level.
The projects he has supported over the years include Warren Turner Field, the Corn Family Scholarship, the Pat Lipira Softball Complex and the International Piano Competition.