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The house that Jack built

September 12, 2012
Posted In: Features, Headlines

Celebrating an epic career in higher education

At two retirement events, ATSU said goodbye to its beloved president and his wife, Sue. Thanking the couple for their years of service were nearly a thousand guests across both campuses and communities. Building steadfast relationships in a time of transition, Dr. Magruder has undoubtedly left the University better than when he found it.

Honor roll

Words of gratitude at the Mesa reception on June 22

Dr. Phelps presents a caricature card of Dr. Magruder and Sue riding a horse. Dr. Phelps emceed both retirement events.

“It is always difficult to say goodbye to great people. What I always noticed most about you is your integrity and your genuine love for what you do.”

— Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, ASHS dean

“Thank you for being a part of ATSU; thanks for your time, energy, and passion. It’s been an amazing, exciting, and bittersweet time.”

— James Bell, DDS, ASDOH vice dean

“I already knew that Jack could do this job, and he was the perfect man for the time. I know what kind of man I married 58 years ago, and I agree that he is stupendous!”

— Sue Magruder, ATSU first lady emerita

Acclamation and admiration

Highlights from the Kirksville reception on June 29

  • Multiple dignitaries presented Dr. Magruder and Sue with proclamations and other honors, including the City of Kirksville, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, and the House of Representatives and Senate.
  • The ATSU Board of Trustees gave Dr. Magruder and Sue president emeritus and first lady emerita statuses.

Well versed

Excerpts from a poem read to Dr. Magruder and Sue at the Kirksville reception

Great leaders can make
Everyone play their part
By treating people right
With sincerity of heart

A legacy you’ve started
Your caring is just so loud
The class of 2015
Will do our best to make you proud

Dr. Magruder and Sue
What else can we say?
Enjoy your time together and
God bless you on your way

2 responses to “The house that Jack built”

  1. Michael Whitlock DO says:

    Jack,
    My memories go back to the days when you were head of the Science Dept. at NMSU and I was a nontraditional undergraduate who you steered to the right counselor. Then flash forward to the graduate student in med school who you had an open door for as President at TSU. Then,flash forward again to find you as the man who stepped in to shore up my Alma Mater at a time when it needed a rock so desperately.
    You then made ATSU an unrivaled and vibrant campus that reflected your energy and strength.
    From the bottom of my heart I thank you,as a student,a colleague, but most especially as a friend for all you have done and for being who you are.

  2. Michael Whitlock DO says:

    Jack,
    My memories go back to the days when you were head of the Science Dept. at NMSU and I was a nontraditional undergraduate who you steered to the right counselor. Then flash forward to the graduate student in med school who you had an open door for as President at TSU. Then,flash forward again to find you as the man who stepped in to shore up my Alma Mater at a time when it needed a rock so desperately.
    You then made ATSU an unrivaled and vibrant campus that reflected your energy and strength.
    From the bottom of my heart I thank you,as a student,a colleague, but most especially as a friend for all you have done and for being who you are.

  3. Michael Whitlock DO says:

    Jack,
    My memories go back to the days when you were head of the Science Dept. at NMSU and I was a nontraditional undergraduate who you steered to the right counselor. Then flash forward to the graduate student in med school who you had an open door for as President at TSU. Then,flash forward again to find you as the man who stepped in to shore up my Alma Mater at a time when it needed a rock so desperately.
    You then made ATSU an unrivaled and vibrant campus that reflected your energy and strength.
    From the bottom of my heart I thank you,as a student,a colleague, but most especially as a friend for all you have done and for being who you are.

  4. Michael Whitlock DO says:

    Jack,
    My memories go back to the days when you were head of the Science Dept. at NMSU and I was a nontraditional undergraduate who you steered to the right counselor. Then flash forward to the graduate student in med school who you had an open door for as President at TSU. Then,flash forward again to find you as the man who stepped in to shore up my Alma Mater at a time when it needed a rock so desperately.
    You then made ATSU an unrivaled and vibrant campus that reflected your energy and strength.
    From the bottom of my heart I thank you,as a student,a colleague, but most especially as a friend for all you have done and for being who you are.

  5. Heinz Woehlk says:

    Jack Magruder’s leadership brought the University into the future in many significant ways. His impact upon ATSU was positive, transformational, and–above all–gentle and wise. Thank you, Jack.

  6. Heinz Woehlk says:

    Jack Magruder’s leadership brought the University into the future in many significant ways. His impact upon ATSU was positive, transformational, and–above all–gentle and wise. Thank you, Jack.

  7. Heinz Woehlk says:

    Jack Magruder’s leadership brought the University into the future in many significant ways. His impact upon ATSU was positive, transformational, and–above all–gentle and wise. Thank you, Jack.

  8. Heinz Woehlk says:

    Jack Magruder’s leadership brought the University into the future in many significant ways. His impact upon ATSU was positive, transformational, and–above all–gentle and wise. Thank you, Jack.

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