The Dr. Patricia Burton Honorary Endowment has been created as a meaningful expression of the Truman community’s respect and gratitude for a dedicated faculty member. The Dr. Patricia Burton Honorary Endowment will provide a resource for the Philosophy and Religion Department to further ensure the strength of the Truman experience and encourage growth within the discipline.
Reaching the fundraising goal of $75,000 will create an endowment to further enhance the learning opportunities at Truman and prepare students for an ever-changing global society. Truman continues to seek innovative learning opportunities, and the University’s challenging liberal arts and sciences education ensures that students are broadly educated. As a result, Truman graduates possess a highly-developed ability to think critically and communicate effectively, drawing upon skills and knowledge that are cultivated through rich learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
Burton, a professor of philosophy who joined the Truman faculty in 1987, retired from teaching full-time in December 2012. She has received a number of honors including being named Educator of the Year at Truman in 1994. A year later, she was recognized with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she also received the William O’Donnell Lee Advising Award. She was honored as one of the recipients of Truman’s Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship in 2002 and was selected as a recipient of the Golden Apple Faculty Award in 2008.