Missouri State-West Plains Student Success Story
New Beginnings … Endless Possibilities
Joe Driscoll has come full circle in his relationship with Missouri State University-West Plains. The former Brandsville resident who graduated from the University in May 2007 is now teaching for Missouri State-West Plains as a per-course instructor as part of the offender education program at the South Central Correctional Center in Licking.
"The West Plains area is my hometown and Missouri State-West Plains is my alma mater and I thought I could add value to the place 'from whence I came,' so to speak, by teaching," he explained. "It also provides a professional development opportunity for me, allowing me to hone my presentation and public speaking skills, as well as review core business concepts from a different perspective as an educator."
Driscoll, who graduated magna cum laude when he received his Associate of Arts in General Studies with a Specialization in Honors degree from Missouri State-West Plains, went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a Minor in Economics in May 2009 and a Master in Business Administration degree in August 2010 from Missouri State University in Springfield.
Following his baccalaureate graduation in 2009, Driscoll began working for US Bank in Springfield, serving first as a commercial credit analyst and later as a commercial lender. He recently took a step forward in the banking profession when he accepted a job as vice president of commercial lending at Regions Bank, also in Springfield.
Driscoll is quick to give credit for his personal success to his time at Missouri State-West Plains. "A lot of people think of Missouri State-West Plains as a starting point, but that’s a positive. It gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and take on leadership roles, which ultimately gave me confidence for the remainder of my collegiate career and my career in banking," he explained.
In addition to being a member of the William and Virginia Darr Honors Program at West Plains, Driscoll was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Student Alumni Association and the Grizzly Cheer Team. He also served as a Student Government Association senator, a Student Ambassador and was one of the members of the steering committee that founded the annual Welcome Week program for incoming freshmen.
He also was selected as a third-team honoree of the 2007 All-Missouri Two-Year College Academic Team and was one of the inaugural recipients of Missouri State University’s Citizen Scholar Award in fall 2007. The award is given to students who exemplify the concept of a citizen scholar by contributing to the University, advancing its public affairs mission and engaging in extra-curricular activities, accomplishments and community service. Although given to him while he was a student at the Springfield campus, the award recognized his work on the West Plains campus.
Driscoll continues to show his support for Missouri State-West Plains as an active alumnus. He served as master of ceremonies at the Campus Caravan event in Koshkonong, where he graduated high school and he and his wife, Amanda Stuart Driscoll, helped raise funds for the William and Virginia Darr Endowed Honors Professorship this past spring.
"I’m very happy I was part of the honors program and I’m very pleased the funding level was achieved to establish a professorship for this program," he said. "I will always be an advocate for Missouri State-West Plains."