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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

April 26, 2016

College of the Ozarks to host World War II Veteran for Patriotic Tribute on Monday, May 2

Dr. Bruce HeilmanCollege of the Ozarks will host A Patriotic Tribute—A Soldier’s Journey to welcome World War II Veteran, Dr. Bruce Heilman, to campus at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony which will take place at The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks will host A Patriotic Tribute—A Soldier’s Journey to welcome Dr. Bruce Heilman to campus at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony which will take place at The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Heilman will stop at College of the Ozarks on Monday as part of a cross-country motorcycle tour to visit memorials throughout the U.S. He is 89 years old.

In addition to his experiences and travels as a Marine in World War II in the South Pacific and Japan, Heilman has covered more than 140 countries as he has escorted travel groups abroad annually for more than 30 years and is a member of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club International.

Heilman became Chancellor at the University of Richmond on Oct. 1, 1988, after serving as president and chief executive officer for approximately 17 years. Prior to beginning his long association with the University of Richmond in 1971, he had served as president of Meredith College beginning in 1966.

A renowned and respected educator, he has served as a consultant to many educational, religious, and charitable organizations and been a member and officer of numerous professional and educational boards and organizations. These roles include member of the Board of Campbellsville University, advisory board trustee at William Jewell College in Kansas City, member and former Chairman of the Board of the Marine Military Academy in Texas, Member of the Board of Visitors of the Marine Corps University at Quantico as well as serving on the Advisory Review Board of the Service Academies and the Board of Directors of the National Defense University Foundation, Inc.

Among other honors, he was selected as one of the 100 Most Effective College and University Presidents in the USA through an Exxon Foundation sponsored study; he was named as one of the Richmond Area’s Most Influential People in 1984 and 1986; awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Campbellsville University and Peabody College; and selected as one of only two Reverse Exchange Eisenhower Fellows to the Republic of China in 1987. He received the Charles D. Johnson Outstanding Educator Award from The Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools in 2004.

For more information contact Valorie Coleman, public relations director, at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The college earns numerous accolades yearly, including being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center — the College’s four-star lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 students employed in every facet of the operation, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


04.26.16 – Valorie Coleman 


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