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Alumnus of the Year

In 1995, the Jefferson College Faculty Senate Executive Council initiated a program to recognize an outstanding alumnus at commencement each year.

The Outstanding Alumnus is a person who graduated from Jefferson College with a certificate or associate degree, has achieved distinction in his or her chosen field of employment, has been involved in community service, and is not presently a trustee or an employee of Jefferson College. We sincerely congratulate all of the past recipients listed below. 

Year Recipient
2019 Jennifer Collins Hansen
2018 Elaine Gannon
2017 Nancy M. Nelson
2016 Brandon Moonier
2015 Edward Moreno
2014 Jane Houser
2013 Bill Haggard
2012 Andrew Held
2011 Lena Hutson
2010 William "Bill" Overstreet
2009 Rick Francis
2008 Regina Herrington
2007 Elmer Revelle
2006 Jane Brunk Kost
2005 Ann Gettinger
2004 Shawn Bell
2003 Matt Brown
2002 Vera McCullough
2001 Todd Oetting
2000 Chuck Martin
1999 Jeff Elbl
1998 Joan Murphy
1997 Tim Gray
1996 Shirley Scarbrough
1995 Marcella Weaver


2019 Alumnus of the Year Winner, Jennifer Collins Hansen

The Jefferson College Faculty Senate recently selected Jennifer Collins Hansen as Jefferson College’s 2019 Alumna of the Year. She was presented the award during the College’s annual Honors Recognition Ceremony and also honored during the 54th annual commencement ceremonies held in May.

Hansen is an attorney and owner of the Hansen Firm, LLC, which is dedicated to serving the interests of individuals and small business owners. Before opening her own law firm, Hansen was a litigator at a large St. Louis firm.

She believes that her experience at Jefferson College taught her how to create a future for herself, because the College cared about her when she needed it most.

Hansen is a 1994 graduate of Windsor High School and 1996 graduate of Jefferson College. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Missouri State University in 1998 before moving to Washington, D.C. to work as a press secretary for Linda Chavez, nominee for Secretary of Labor in the Bush administration. She returned to St. Louis to attend law school and received her law degree from Saint Louis University in 2004.

She has served on the Jefferson College Foundation Board of Directors since 2014 and is currently its president. She also serves on the board of the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank.

Hansen and her husband, Justin, have a son, Van.

Alumnus of the Year Award recipients must have graduated from Jefferson College with a certificate or associate degree, achieved distinction in his/her chosen field of employment, been involved in community service; and not presently serve as a trustee or an employee of Jefferson College.


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