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Northwest Missouri State University


Alumni Magazine photo gallery: Mike Faust '74, "Blueprint for Service"

Mike Faust ’74 was looking forward to retirement in the spring of 2015 when he received an offer he couldn’t refuse at Northwest. His 40-year career in Omaha, Neb., included more than three decades with Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. and impactful community services. Faust stands on a balcony overlooking downtown Omaha, when he spent 40 years in a successful professional career. His community service includes 10 years as a director of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and four years on its Executive Committee.Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet and Faust discuss strategies and goals for the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. Faust joined Northwest in March 2015 as the visiting dean of the Booth College. Northwest Provost Dr. Timothy Mottet and Faust discuss strategies and goals for the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. Faust joined Northwest in March 2015 as the visiting dean of the Booth College. Mike Faust looks over downtown Omaha, Neb., from the top floor of Kiewit Plaza last fall. An Iowa native, Faust figured to launch his career in Des Moines after graduating from Northwest. Instead, he landed in Omaha and spent his entire 40-year professional career there before retiring in February. Faust’s childhood interest in magic arose from his late father’s hobby. This April 1956 photo was taken in Faust’s birthplace of Oelwein, Iowa.Photos of Kiewit construction projects adorn the wall of the conference room near Faust’s Kiewit Plaza office. The company generates more than $10 billion in annual revenues from operations in most U.S. states, Canadian provinces and in Western Australia.Faust calls the job he accepted in 1979 as an employment manager at Kiewit “the luckiest bit of bad luck ever.” By the end of 1983, he was named assistant to the chairman and was managing administrative tasks for senior executives. Volumes of speeches Faust wrote for senior executives sit on the desk in his Kiewit office during the fall of 2014. As the assistant to the chairman at Kiewit, Faust was often charged with writing assignments and drafting speeches. The Kiewit construction compant , ranked No. 286 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the 500 largest U.S. companies, generates more than $10 billion in annual revenues from operations in most U.S. states, Canadian provinces and in western Australia. Worldwide, the company employs about 25,000. Faust talks with Jim Blackford ’72 who he succeeded as president of the Northwest Foundation from 2008 to 2010 during a reception at the Thomas Gaunt House on the Northwest campus in the spring of 2015.Faust talks with Northwest faculty and staff during a reception at the Gaunt House after being named visiting dean of the Booth College in spring 2015.Faust spends some time working in his home office. Faust spends some time working in his home office. Prominently displayed on a shelf in Faust's home office are a plaque honoring his service as president of the Northwest Foundation and a 1974 plaque naming him “All time Best Supervisor” at the campus cafeteria, where he worked as a student.Name tags in a bowl in Faust's home depict some of the many roles he's played throughout his proffessional and volunteer career.Faust interacts with patrons entering the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. He calls the zoo his favorite philanthropic interest in Omaha and served as general chair of its overall campaign.Faust treats a herd of giraffes to some mulberry branches at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Faust, having served as a division leader of its annual membership campaign and general chair of its overall campaign, ranks the zoo as his top philanthropic interest in Omaha.Faust treats a herd of giraffes to some mulberry branches at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Faust, having served as a division leader of its annual membership campaign and general chair of its overall campaign, ranks the zoo as his top philanthropic interest in Omaha.Faust pets a giraffe at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Having served as a division leader of its annual membership campaign and general chair of its overall campaign, Faust ranks the zoo as his top philanthropic interest in Omaha.Faust rides through Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium with a zookeeper. While Faust’s longtime employer, Kiewit, remains a strong supporter of the zoo, Kiewit Chairman Walter Scott’s late wife was the first executive director of its foundation.Faust talks with a zookeeper at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The donor wall at the zoo’s Desert Dome (seen in the background) bears Faust’s name for his leadership-level gift to that project.Faust and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski walk from Kiewit Plaza through downtown Omaha on their way to a business lunch. Faust and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski talk strategy in preparation for a presentation to a business leader. Faust and Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski talk strategy in preparation for a presentation to a business leader.