Charlie Shields, a Metropolitan Community College alumnus and former member of the MCC Foundation board of directors, was recently honored by the board for his staunch support of MCC and its students.
Shields, president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, was presented with the Missouri Community College Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award by MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty and MCC-Longview President Kirk Nooks.
In thanking the Foundation and the College, Shields noted that although he wasn’t involved in Dr. Beatty’s selection as chancellor, he has already seen her in action. Shields, president of the State Board of Education, described Beatty as a tireless advocate for MCC.
During his tenure on the Foundation board — April 2013 to June 2017 — Shields also was a member of the board’s executive committee.
The MCCA announced Shields’ honor during its convention in early November. The association had also honored him in 2004 with a Distinguished Legislator Award. Shields served 20 years in the Missouri General Assembly, both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, where he was elected president pro tem.
Shields earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri, but he did so after graduating from MCC-Longview in 1979. He has led Truman Medical Centers since 2010. Before that, Shields worked for many years as part of the management team at Heartland Health in St. Joseph.