Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes former SCC students who have become leaders in their professions and give back to their communities.

We are always accepting nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rob Dixon, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Rob DixonAs the executive director for the Missouri Community College Association, Rob Dixon advocates for community colleges at the state level, and wants to give members and colleges a powerful voice in Missouri.

“When we look at issues facing our country and our economy, nothing is more important than investing in education and making sure our colleges and communities are ready to meet the needs of the 21st century economy,” Dixon said. “If we don’t we will be left behind.”

He was 23 when he completed his service to the U.S. Marine Corps and started taking classes at SCC using benefits from the GI bill.

“Returning to school after five years of being in the military was a little intimidating,” Dixon said.

Then when he took his first class, Introduction to Business, with Joe Hartnett, SCC professor of business, it sparked his interest in political science.

“Mr. Hartnett’s class was engaging and it gave me the confidence to pursue my professional interests,” Dixon said.

He graduated from SCC with an Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in political science. He then received a transfer scholarship to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international and comparative politics.

Dixon did three classes during a semester of study at Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and an internship at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, also in Washington, D.C.

He and his wife moved to the Springfield, Mo., area where he took a job with the Hollister Chamber. He spearheaded a ballot initiative to expand the taxing district and bring a satellite campus of Ozarks Technical Community College to the people in his community. The campus is called OTC Table Rock.

As his experience caused him to become more interested taking big ideas from start to completion, he chose to pursue a master’s degree in public administration from Missouri State University.

Just prior to his work with MCCA, Dixon worked for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, where he moved up the ranks into a vice president role and worked with a board of directors to improve workforce development in Southwest Missouri, which also included community college initiatives.

Dixon’s wife Melanie also is an SCC alumna, and they have a six-year-old son. Both of his parents are U.S. Marine veterans and community college graduates, including his mother, Lea Dixon, SCC Child Development lead teacher.

“Throughout our community, state and nation, strong community colleges are preparing students for life and the workforce,” Dixon said. “Their academic programs and workforce training programs will provide a tenfold return on our investment.”

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Laura Helling
Laura Helling
Dr. Natalie Greene
Dr. Natalie Greene
LCDR Tina Marie Cox, 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
LCDR Tina Marie Cox
James Hall
James Hall
Jim Dryer
Jim Dreyer
Jennifer White
Jennifer White
Terri Ingracia
Terri Ingracia

Diana Graveman
Dianna Graveman
Karen Sieve
Karen Sieve