On Friday, May 24, more than 160 alumni and friends of Greenville College applauded Robert Stroud, member of the Class of 1959, as he received the John and Shirley Minshall Servant Leadership Award. The presentation was part of the College's annual President's Society Dinner, held in the Armington Center on campus. Stroud served on the Greenville College Board of Trustees from 1967 to 2011. His 44-year tenure as a board member is believed to be the longest in the College's history.
Current board members selected Stroud for the award, citing his constant demonstration of generosity with God's resources, his long-term passion and high regard for his alma mater, and his desire to find better ways to serve Jesus Christ. Stroud's service as a trustee included assisting the board in areas of business affairs, development and admissions.
Tom Morgan, vice president emeritus for student development and enrollment management, recalled playing on the College's baseball team with Stroud in the late 1950s. He described his teammate as tenacious, fiery, highly competitive, and always holding himself and others to high standards. "How blessed we have been," said Morgan of Stroud's choice to play ball for Greenville College, and the decades of support and service that followed.
As a business professional, Stroud served as CEO of Individual Assurance Company (IAC) in Kansas City, Missouri, and later served as its chairman of the board. He is now semi-retired. On his role as a board member for his alma mater, Stroud told the dinner guests, "My job was to come up with ideas that [would] enhance and expand Greenville College. That's what we all are here to do."
The President's Society consists of donors who have given at least $1,000 and young alumni donors who have given at least $100 to Greenville College in the last fiscal year.