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Range Scholarship Honors Former Baseball Player

Less than a year after his passing, the Andrew Range Baseball Scholarship at Truman became a reality.

A native of Troy, Ill., Andrew “Ranger” Range graduated from Truman in 2016. He was a member of the Bulldog baseball team and part of the squad that played in the 2015 Division II College World Series. Range was a law student at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale when he passed away in December 2017 due to a medical issue.

“It’s truly healing to have Andrew continue to positively influence the present and future of others,” said Traci Range, Andrew’s mother. “In life, he was a positive light, and with this scholarship, he will continue to be so through others.” 

To celebrate his life, his family created the Andrew Range Foundation to provide educational assistance to baseball players from his alma maters, Triad High School, Southern Illinois University Law and Truman. Thanks to generous donations from the foundation, the Andrew Range Baseball Scholarship has reached the endowment level, and the first scholarship in the amount of $1,250 was awarded for the spring semester.

“Our program is grateful for the generous gift in honor of Andrew by his parents and his foundation,” Truman baseball coach Dan Davis said. “This gift will not only help our program be successful on the field but will allow recipients of the scholarship to learn about the impact Andrew had on those around him.”

In order to be one of “Andrew’s Rangers” the scholarship recipient must be a baseball player who exemplifies compassion, empathy, resilience and an outlook on life that is infectious. Additional criteria include an unwavering dedication to friends, family, studies and sports. More information about Range and the foundation created in his honor can be found online at

Hughes Named Vice President for University Advancement

Dr. Ernie T. Hughes

Dr. Ernie Troy Hughes became Truman’s vice president of advancement in August.

Having been selected from a national search, Hughes comes to Truman after serving as principal of E. Hughes and Associates LLC, a management consultation firm located in Marietta, Ga., which provides a range of services to help clients understand the cultural underpinnings of philanthropy and the psychology of donors.

Hughes’ extensive higher education experience began at the Southern University System in Baton Rouge, La. He first served as a community development specialist, then in the roles of associate vice chancellor for advancement, special assistant to the president and executive director of the system foundation and finally as the vice president for advancement and executive director of the system.

Along with a Ph.D. in human resource development from Louisiana State University, Hughes earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and logistics, as well as his Master of Business Administration, from Mississippi State University. He participated in the Vanderbilt University Higher Education Management Institute, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute.

In addition to the University’s fundraising efforts, Hughes also oversees alumni relations, public relations and publications.