Webster University President Beth Stroble, Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster and other Webster faculty and administration welcomed executives from Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation to the home campus on April 29 for the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching luncheon.
In the simplest terms, the Kemper Awards underline how important great teaching is at Webster. As President Stroble affirmed in her opening remarks, “The Kemper Awards mean a great deal to all of us at Webster because they celebrate the exceptional skill of our finest teachers.”
The William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients for 2012-13 were Aaron AuBuchon, assistant professor in the Electronic and Photographic Media department, and Allan MacNeill, professor of economics in the History, Politics and International Relations department. Part-time recipients are Andrea Miller, adjunct professor of sociology in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department, and Gregory Weeks, adjunct professor of International Relations at Webster’s Vienna campus.
MacNeill, AuBuchon and Miller each shared remarks about their teaching philosophies, while President Stroble shared some tangible examples of students who had benefited from great teaching at Webster, and Provost Schuster emphasized the priority Webster places on this experience.
David Kemper, chairman and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., and Commerce Bank, congratulated the recipients and spoke about the importance of education and the history of the early beginnings of the William T. Kemper Foundation.
In a touching moment, Jack Schreiber, Commerce Bank president and chief operating officer — as well as a parent of a soon-to-graduate Webster University student — opened his remarks by proudly reading aloud his son Andrew’s 2013 graduation announcement to the attendees.