Dr. Terry Smith Honored with Civic Virtue Award
The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program honored Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs for Columbia College, with the Dr. Warren H. Solomon Award for Civic Virtue on May 15. The award was presented at the first “We the People” Capstone Showcase for Columbia ninth-graders held at Columbia College’s Dorsey Hall.
“Dr. Smith embodies the traits of the award’s namesake, especially when it comes to putting the interests of students above his own,” said Millie Aulbur, director of The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program. “We are proud to recognize Dr. Smith for his remarkable leadership with the 2012 Solomon Award for Civic Virtue.”
Smith has been executive vice president and dean for academic affairs at Columbia College since 1996. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science with cum laude honors from Central Methodist College and a master’s and Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. In addition to his administrative duties at the Columbia College, Smith also teaches political science.
Columbia College hosted the first “We the People” Capstone Showcase presented by Columbia Public Schools with financial support from The Missouri Bar Foundation. More than 100 students presented their projects in response to a constitutional question before judges from the community including lawyers, educators and journalists. More than 200 parents and community members were also in attendance.
The Advisory Committee for Citizenship Education of The Missouri Bar has long recognized outstanding teachers, administrators, schools and others in the area of law-related education by awarding the E.A. Richter Award for Excellence in Citizenship Education. In 2001, the committee established an additional award known as the Dr. Warren H. Solomon Civic Virtue Award to recognize individuals who exemplify and promote civic virtue among Missouri’s teachers and students. Civic virtue is defined as setting aside one’s personal interests to promote the common good of all people.
The award was named for Dr. Warren H. Solomon, a social studies curriculum specialist with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than 25 years, who worked tirelessly to promote law-related education among Missouri teachers. Solomon was known for his high civic ideals and leadership guided by the best interests of students.
Former Congressman Kenny Hulshof, keynote speaker at the “We the People” Capstone Showcase, is pictured presenting Smith with the Dr. Warren H. Solomon Award for Civic Virtue on May 15.