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 Nyden, center, associate professor of accounting/entrepreneurship at Missouri State University-West Plains, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education during an April 2 luncheon in Columbia, Mo.  With her are Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David R. Russell, left, and Missouri State University System President Clif Smart.  (Photo provided)

Nyden, center, associate professor of accounting/entrepreneurship at Missouri State University-West Plains, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education during an April 2 luncheon in Columbia, Mo.  With her are Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education David R. Russell, left, and Missouri State University System President Clif Smart.  (Photo provided)

(West Plains) – Barbara Nyden, assistant professor of accounting and entrepreneurship at Missouri State University-West Plains, recently was honored by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon with the Missouri Council on Public Higher Education’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

The 15 recipients of this year’s award were recognized during a luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, April 2, at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. The annual award honors outstanding faculty from post-secondary public schools, colleges and universities within the state.

In nominating Nyden for the award, her peers noted her ability to bring real world application into the classroom because of her long and diverse career in business. Off campus, her nominators noted she has been a force for positive change in the community.

Nyden has eight years of teaching experience, all at Missouri State-West Plains, and 30 years of applied accounting experience in the business world. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Programming degree from College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, in 1988, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Accounting Concentration from Mundelein College of Loyola University in Chicago, IL, in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration – Health Services Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, in 1998.

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