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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
2022 Kim Robertson
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

Kim Robertson Selected as Jefferson College 2022 Alumna of the Year

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 be a current trustee or an employee of Jefferson College.

“I am grateful for the education I received at Jefferson College, which I believe contributed to my later academic and professional success,” she said. “I had some excellent professors and instructors and they helped instill in me a desire to continue my education. In addition, my education at Jefferson College helped me develop the writing skills that have served me well since then.”

Robertson has served as Leader Publications Editor since 2020 and previously was Managing Editor from 2016-2020, Arnold-Imperial Leader Editor from 2002-2016, and Reporter from 1999-2002. She also served as an adjunct English instructor at Jefferson College (1997-1999), McKendree University (1997-1999), and Belleville Area College (1992-1997).

After graduating from Jefferson College with an associate degree in 1989, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from Webster University in 1990, and both a Master of Arts in English (1993) and Master of Education (1996) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She currently serves as a board member and treasurer of the C-6 Educational Foundation and is a former member of the Arnold Rotary Club, Jefferson County Youth Association, and parent volunteer at Simpson Elementary School in the Fox C-6 School District. Kim and her husband, Steve, have a son, Steven Robertson II.

“I genuinely believe a good education is a person’s most valuable asset, contributing to his or her professional and personal success and helping the person make a positive contribution to society,” added Robertson.

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