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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sheri Spader

Lifelong agriculture advocate Sheri Spader will give the winter commencement address Dec. 17 at Northwest Missouri State University

Dec. 1, 2010

Agriculture advocate slated to speak at Northwest winter commencement ceremony

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Sheri Spader, an accomplished business woman and lifelong advocate of agriculture, will address Northwest Missouri State University students and their families during the winter commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 17.

"We are very pleased to have Sheri Spader join us for our winter commencement ceremony," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. " Sheri is nationally known for her efforts to raise awareness on issues affecting agriculture, which of course greatly impacts our region. Likewise, she also cares deeply about education and healthy communities."

The owner and operator of the Spader Angus and Quarter Horse Ranch in Rosendale, Mo., Spader was the first woman to be president of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association and served Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota as a regional representative on the National Cattlewomen's Association executive committee.

She also served on the National Cattlemen's Association board of directors, the Food Policy and Nutrition Labeling Committee, and was chairman of the policy and resolutions committee.

Additionally, Spader has testified to the U.S. Congress Agricultural Committee on behalf of the beef industry and served on the Missouri Beef Industry Council. She is a committee member of the Missouri Department of Higher Education's Large Animal Veterinary Scholarship program.

On the regional level, Spader is an honorary life trustee for the St. Joseph-based Heartland Foundation, for which she served as chair and vice chair. She also served as chair and vice chair for the Heartland Health board of trustees and is an American Hospital Association Healthy Communities Fellow.

Spader earned her bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University and has accumulated advanced hours in administration at Northwest Missouri State University. She and her husband, Richard, raised their three children on their farm in northwest Missouri.

More than 350 students from Northwest's three colleges are expected to receive bachelor's degrees. Another 80 candidates will receive master's degrees or education specialist degrees through the University's Graduate School.

The winter commencement ceremony at Northwest will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in Bearcat Arena. Doors open at noon.

Complete details about winter commencement at Northwest are posted on the Senior Spot Web site (

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468