The William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence was established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.

The fellowship, which includes a $10,000 stipend, is awarded to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri each year.

Meet the 2019 Kemper fellows.

Teacher, advocate, mentor
Botswana Blackburn
School of Health Professions

Facilitator of knowledge
Jennifer Fellabaum-Toston
College of Education

A genuine leader
Donald G. Meyer
College of Business

Adventures in learning
Peter P. Motavalli 
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Leader of the band
Brian Silvey
School of Music