State Fair Community College

Distinguished Alumni Award 

Roger C. AustinRoger C. Austin was named State Fair Community College’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Austin, Hughesville, was recognized May 16 at the college’s commencement ceremony in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. He was unable to attend due to a family commitment.

Austin is Sedalia Community President of Simmons Bank and has more than 20 years of banking experience and community involvement in the Sedalia market. He oversees the bank’s Sedalia and Green Ridge financial center retail and commercial operations.

Austin graduated from Northwest High School in 1984 where he played basketball, soccer and baseball. In 1986 he received an Associate of Arts degree from SFCC, where he played both soccer and baseball. In 1988 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

“When I think about going to SFCC, what I remember most are the people from the surrounding communities I met there,” said Austin. “Some are friends, some are acquaintances and some I still see weekly in my business world. I also had good experiences relating to the other athletes. The bonds you create with your fellow students are a big part of what you remember.”

Austin said he’s a huge proponent of SFCC.

“It’s wonderful to have a growing, prospering community college in Sedalia,” he said. “As a business person who has lived in this community for years, I think the opportunities the education process offers to our corporations, and our hospital, are almost immeasurable. To watch the college grow from what it was when I was there to what it has become is truly amazing.”

Receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award also is amazing, says Austin.

“I’m just a local kid who likes where he lives, enjoys working with people in the community and has been blessed to have the opportunity to stay here and raise my family,” he said. “My words of wisdom? Find something you enjoy doing and do it to the best of your ability, but don’t forsake your faith, family or friends—because that’s where the true joys of life reside.”

Austin serves on the Rotary Club of Sedalia Board of Directors and will take over as club president in July 2014. He is president of the Sedalia-Pettis County Community Service Corporation and vice president of Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County. He also is a member of the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way Board of Directors and chairman of its finance committee. He is a past board member and president of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Sedalia Jaycees.

Austin and his wife Sheri have three sons, Logan, 21, Cortlen, 18, and Baron, 13.

Nomination deadline for Distinguished Alumni Award is March 10.

For guidelines and nomination form, click here.

Distinguished Alumni

Roger C. Austin
Class of 1986
Dr. Dean Dohrman
Class of 1987
Tom Gerke
Class of 1976
James Trujillo, Jr. 
Class of 2004
Saundra Overton
Classes of 1984 and 1989
Debbie Noland
Class of 1972
Nellie K. Owen, DVM
Class of 1991
Marlin G. Hammond
Class of 1972
David C. Furnell
Class of 1981
Peggy Richardson
Class of 1977
Susan Horton
Classes of 1979, 1980, and 1994
Elaine Paxton
Class of 1971
Dennis Shull
Class of 1980
Eric Yazell
Class of 1987
Brad Schnackenberg
Class of 1989
Brad Dittmer
Class of 1979
James Rennison
Class of 1974
Jane Luper
Class of 1975
Patricia Gillman
Class of 1988
Evelyn Jorgenson
Class of 1972
Tony Claxton
Class of 1980
Barry Guier
Class of 1977
Leonard Dixon
Class of 1977
Ruth Elmore
Class of 1982
Cam Jennings
Class of 1974
Thomas Deuschle
Class of 1978
Josephine Dey
Class of 1979
Debbie Biermann
Class of 1973

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