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Columbia College recognizes Debra Shrout with Frazier Moon Administrator of the Year award

Columbia College honored Debra Shrout, director of the St. Louis campus, with the Frazier Moon Administrator of the Year award. Shrout was presented with the award during the annual employee appreciation luncheon held on April 6 in conjunction with the Adult Higher Education (AHE) director's conference at the main campus in Columbia, Mo.

The award recognizes campus directors who exemplify the virtues of the late Frazier Moon, a former Columbia College dean who played a significant role in the advancement of the extended studies division, now known as the Adult Higher Education division.

"This award is so special because a representative from each major functional area of the college provides input on the selection process," said Dr. Gary Massey, dean for adult higher education. "I'm especially pleased to present Debra with this award because Frazier Moon hired me, and I hired Debra."

Shrout became director of the St. Louis campus in 2006. Before joining Columbia College, she spent 20 years at Kirkwood High School as chair of the school improvement team, English department chair and facilitator of the Magnet Journalism Program. She also worked 11 years at Truman State University as a communications instructor and yearbook advisor.

Shrout holds a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in secondary school administration and an education specialist degree in education administration all from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Shrout's name will be engraved on a plaque held in the AHE office. She also received an engraved Columbia College paperweight and $100.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit