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May 2, 2013

Subject:  Dean of Character Education Sue Head Receives “Kingdom Builder Award” at 12th Annual Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast

Dr. Sue HeadCollege of the Ozarks Dean of Character Education Dr. Sue Head received the “Don Gabriel Kingdom Builder Award” at the 12th Annual Ozark Mountain Prayer Breakfast held this morning at the Branson Hilton Convention Center.  The award is given annually to a person who contributes to the quality of the community by demonstrating in word and action a dedicated and dynamic Christian life; who constantly puts others ahead of self, who lives by Christian principles in all situations without compromise, and who lives by vision and mission working for God’s perfect will in Ozark Mountain Country.

College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis presented the award to Dr. Head.  During the presentation, he quoted what one community associate said about her, “She has an amazing ability to bring people together for the right reason.”

Dr. Head is heavily involved in Loaves and Fishes, a program that provides hot meals to the area’s underprivileged during the winter months, Faith Community Health Center, committed to providing Stone and Taney Counties' working uninsured with quality, affordable healthcare, and Ozark Mountain Legacy Builders, which promotes biblical principles and five core values: family, faith, flag, friend, and future in the Ozarks area.  She also has served as a moving force behind the S. Truett Cathy Poverty Summit, First! PLACE Character Initiative, and the creation of the School of the Ozarks, the new lab high school operated by College of the Ozarks.

“Although she has been named one of the most influential persons in southwest Missouri and holds degrees from Vanderbilt and the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school, she is just as comfortable speaking with the underprivileged as she is with speaking with the rich and famous,” Dr. Davis said.  He also added that when something needs to be done, Dr. Head is one of the “go-to” members of the College of the Ozarks team.

“I am so grateful to live in Ozark Mountain Country,” Dr. Head said. “We have a great opportunity here to stand up for this country and for things that really matter.”  She continued by saying that she was especially grateful for the young people in attendance at the breakfast who represent our future leaders and are dedicated to learning about our culture and Christian heritage and willing to stand up for those values.

Past award recipients include Cliff Wagner (2004), Don Gabriel and Larry VanGilder (2005), John Baltes (2006), Edd Akers (2007), Barbara Brezavar and Brad Swofford (2008), Smith Brookhart III (2009), Bob Burton (2010), and Jerry Lilley (2011).

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