Since 1987 SFCC has recognized an outstanding alumnus at spring commencement. Read about the latest award winner and nominate a graduate for the next year’s award.

Dr. Rhonda Hutton Gann

Dr. Rhonda Hutton GannState Fair Community College is pleased to recognize Dr. Rhonda Hutton Gann, SFCC Health Sciences dean, as the 2022 Distinguished Alumni

Hutton Gann has been a nurse for 40 years, graduating from SFCC’s nursing program in 1982 as an LPN and again the next year as an RN. Prior to coming back to her alma mater, she climbed the leadership ladder in hospital critical care, ultimately employed as a Critical Care Director at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kansas. There she led an expansion of an open-heart surgical program and a major hospital building project. Hutton Gann embodies academic progression, completing her bachelor’s in Nursing from Webster University, a master’s in Nursing with emphasis in Nursing Informatics at University of Central Missouri, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University. 

In 2002, she joined State Fair Community College as the Practical Nursing program coordinator. She currently serves as the Dean of Health Sciences and provides leadership for SFCC’s Center for Excellence in Health Sciences. Hutton Gann has implemented new programs in Medical Assisting, Behavioral Health and Surgical Technology, and expanded SFCC’s #1 ranked Associate Degree Nursing program to Eldon and Clinton. She played a role in acquiring several grants for SFCC including 2020 MoExcels, 2021 GEER MoExcels, Missouri Hospital Association, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Community Health Workers.

Building multiple relationships with local, state and national organizations and clinical settings are some of the activities Hutton Gann has used to promote SFCC’s health science programs and careers. She serves on the Katy Trail Community Health Center Board and is president of the Missouri Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Recently, she was inducted into the Academy of Associate Degree Nursing. Hutton Gann is a consistent champion for interdisciplinary education, virtual reality and simulation and innovative teaching strategies, and has presented nationally on topics of simulation, technology and academic progression.

“We are extremely proud of alumna Dr. Rhonda Hutton Gann, who has provided exemplary leadership within the Health Science division at SFCC since 2002,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president. “She is an innovative practitioner who cares deeply about student success and sets high expectations for program quality and outcomes. Dr. Hutton Gann’s educational and career accomplishments are exceptional, making her a wonderful honoree for the SFCC 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award.”

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2021Lana Kay KellyClass of 1980, 1983
2020Lenny FreundClass of 1980
2019Celso DoriaClass of 1992
2018Lt. Col. Justin SecrestClass of 1993
2017Dr. Kristee LorenzClass of 1986
2016Jorge R. GuevaraClasses of 2005, 2006, 2009
2015Dr. Jennifer HargraveClass of 1998
2014Roger C. AustinClass of 1986
2013Dr. Dean DohrmanClass of 1987
2012Tom GerkeClass of 1976
2011James Trujillo, Jr.Class of 2004
2010Saundra OvertonClasses of 1984, 1989
2009Debbie NolandClass of 1972
2008Nellie K. Owen, DVMClass of 1991
2007Marlin G. HammondClass of 1972
2006David C. FurnellClass of 1981
2005Peggy RichardsonClass of 1977
2004Susan HortonClasses of 1979, 1980, 1994
2003Elaine PaxtonClass of 1971
2002Dennis ShullClass of 1980
2001Eric YazellClass of 1987
2000Brad SchnackenbergClass of 1989
1999Brad DittmerClass of 1979
1998James RennisonClass of 1974
1997Jane LuperClass of 1975
1996Patricia GillmanClass of 1988
1995Evelyn JorgensonClass of 1972
1994Tony ClaxtonClass of 1980
1993Barry GuierClass of 1977
1992Leonard DixonClass of 1977
1991Ruth ElmoreClass of 1982
1990Cam JenningsClass of 1974
1989Thomas DeuschleClass of 1978
1988Josephine DeyClass of 1979
1987Debbie BiermannClass of 1973

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