Jason Klumb Receives Mel Carnahan Award

Rosemary Belson
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The Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce Jason Klumb as the recipient of the Governor Mel Carnahan Award for Public Service. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions through their public service, both paid and volunteer, in the government, education, nonprofit, and legal sectors.

The reception will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Stotler Lounge-Memorial Union. The event will start at 6:00 pm and will bring together a convergence of public servants and supporters from diverse sectors to celebrate the continued achievement in the field of public service.

The award honors Governor Mel Carnahan who spent his career in public policy, committed to making a difference in the lives of the Missouri people and community. Governor Mel Carnahan’s commitment to the spirit of public service can be evidenced by his list of accomplishments while in office.

While governor, Carnahan worked to better the quality of life for Missourians through policy changes like increasing funding for education, job creation and law enforcement. He also developed Missouri’s first economic development plan, reformed the welfare system, led the effort to cut taxes, enacted anti-crime laws and aided the formulation of Missouri’s Outstanding Schools Act.

His leadership in the field didn’t start during his time as governor. Prior to serving two terms as governor, Mel Carnahan was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, fulfilled a term as the Missouri State Treasurer and served as Lieutenant Governor of Missouri.

The fifth Carnahan Award for Public Service will go to the U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator for Heartland Region 6 for his contributions to public service. Jason Klumb was appointed Regional Manager by President Barack Obama and oversees the Midwest operations which includes management of federal real estate and information technology.

Like Governor Carnahan, Mr. Klumb has a long history of being a public servant. Prior to the appointment, Mr. Klumb was one of Missouri’s youngest legislators sworn into the House of Representatives. In addition to also being a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Air National Guard Judge Advocate General Corps, he served as Legal Counsel to the Lieutenant Governor, Assistant Attorney General, and Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board.

The winner of the Carnahan Award will not only be honored at the annual award ceremony, but also will receive a plaque and a stipend of one thousand dollars.

If you know of a Missourian who has significant achievements that have made a real difference in the community served and extraordinary commitment to public service, then he or she could be eligible to be considered for the sixth Governor Mel Carnahan Award.

Potential future nominees, individuals or organizations from Missouri may be submitted online or by mail. Potential candidate nominations for the Carnahan Public Service Award should be submitted by November 15th of each year. Any submissions after the 15th will be considered for the next year.  The nomination process can be completed online at https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bjcUBCIIOtpDScZ or mailed to:

Carnahan Public Service Award Selection Committee

Dean’s Office- Truman School of Public Affairs

University of Missouri

106 Middlebush Hall

Columbia, Missouri 65211-6100

If you wish to designate donations and gifts to the Governor Mel Carnahan Award for Public Service, forms can be found online at: https://truman.missouri.edu/alumni/giving/support-fund/carnahan/