January Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award Winner – Jean Zenner

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The Professional Staff Council would like to congratulate the January Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award recipient: Jean Zenner! Jean is an Educational Program Coordinator with Mizzou Academy.

Tamara Regan’s nomination

As acting Registrar for over 7,000 students around the world, Jean is tasked with managing transfer credit, adherence to grad plans, diploma eligibility, and all logistics required. She maintains detailed information from our various international partners and their respective governments with which to convert to Carnegie credit. As students earning a Mizzou Direct diploma are on a matriculation pathway into campus MU, the information Jean manages directly impacts our students, the College of Education, and MU. Jean works directly with International Admissions to provide data for student recruitment. Jean works many long hours to ensure accuracy and is an excellent student advocate; her dedication and passion are to be commended. She’s always thinking outside the box and willing to help.

Angie Hammons’ nomination

Jean is the Registrar for Mizzou Academy and responsible for tracking the academic activity for over 7,000 students. She works tirelessly to gather educational records, both nationally and internationally, to assign transfer credit and verify credit in order to award diplomas. She is meticulous and spends hours going through information to ensure it’s correct before she’s finished. She does an outstanding job representing Mizzou Academy and the College. But Jean is also the first to offer to help others in the office and is always willing to take on any task that is asked of her. She is a great team member and always takes time to talk with others in the office and make sure they are having a great day. She’s great for a laugh and willing to always lighten the mood and everyone’s load.


Established by former Interim Dean Rose Porter, the Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award celebrates the dedication, resolve, leadership, and overall excellence of individuals making significant contributions to the MU College of Education. Rose Porter has always been a strong advocate for staff, noting that “they keep the place running.” Jill Williams-Graham (M ED 1990) and her husband Dr. Steven Graham, Sr. Associate Vice-President, UM System, joined Dr. Rose Porter and her husband Dr. Michael Porter, recognizing the immense impacts staff have in the running of the college. 


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