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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Benjamin Andrew Main of Gainesville, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at Truman State University’s commencement ceremonies May 8.
Charles J. McClain, the University’s long-time president, returned to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree. McClain has been called a higher-education legend in the state of Missouri. His presidency spanned nearly 20 years, from 1970 to 1989, and his vision and leadership helped the school refocus its mission, transforming it into Missouri’s only highly selective, public liberal arts and sciences university. While president, McClain established a value-added program to track the strengths and weaknesses of Truman students. As a result of his leadership, the University received national recognition for its academic excellence and assessment programs.
Truman State University, founded in 1867, is Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has one of the highest graduation rates among all Missouri public institutions. More than 50 percent of Truman’s graduates pursue an advanced degree immediately upon graduating. Truman enrolls approximately 5,800 students.