Move over Ivy League. The vines that once wrapped around prominent schools such as Harvard and Yale have journeyed to small town St. Joseph, Mo., placing Missouri Western State University in a prestigious position.
Esther George, an alumna of Western’s class of 1980, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for the Federal Reserve in Kansas City, Mo. She is one out of two women who are bank presidents for the Federal Reserve. George also serves on the Board of Fountain Directors at Western, and has received much attention since being announced the President of the KC Federal Reserve.
Dr. Patrick McMurry, professor of economics at Western, believes that George’s record of hard work has paid off. “George is one out of twelve bank presidents in the United States,” said McMurry. “This is huge for a Western Student to achieve.”
Students of the Craig School of Business want to know more about her accomplishments and how she influenced Western. Business major Jimmy Summers feels that the education he receives from Western will lead him to the same success as George.
“When business students find out that George went to Missouri Western, that will result in them having a great outlook on our business school and overall university,” Summers said. “Western is not just producing students, but driven ones like Esther George.”
Dean of the Craig School of Business, Philip Nitse believes that George’s accomplishments have shown that our university is stepping up in the world. “When an alumnus achieves this level of success, everyone at the institution should feel pride, especially in the sense that this is proof that the education provided here at Western is of such quality,” Nitse said. “It shows that someone can go on and accomplish something great.”
The Craig School Business will receive much attention because of George becoming the next President of the Federal Reserve. Nitse says that Esther has been a long standing supporter for the Business School.
“George has served with distinction as a member of our Advisory Board,” Nitse said. “Her picture is currently used in the pictures around the building as a successful alumna.”
Faculty and students both now wonder if George will be asked to come and speak to the Western community about her journey from student to success. When asked, Nitse believes she has a standing invitation, and the school will be working with her to nail down a date to speak.
Western has been producing well-educated students that have success and stable careers, but when you have a student like Esther who worked her way from the bottom up, it makes students wonder if they can achieve the same level of success.
Summers says that when you have students like George who soar high to reach these goals, it makes a current student think about their own future.
“Every student has their own personal goals and dream job in mind,” Summers said. “The fact is now we can soar high, and are motivated to work harder toward our goals and dreams to be like Mrs. Esther.”