The current president of the university was elected lieutenant governor Tuesday.
The newspaper offers the following description of Dr. Leon:
Leon retired in 2007 from Missouri Southern State University, as one of the longest-serving presidents in the nation with 25 years of service.
He spent 38 years at MSSU, beginning in 1969 as an assistant professor of business administration.
Leon worked his way up to become dean, interim president and president.
During his tenure as president at MSSU, Leon led the school in attaining university status in 2003 and adding master's degree programs.
Leon proposed the university's concept of international education that allows for students to travel in the fall semester to learn in different regions or countries in the world.
Leon assisted in the development of the university's online distance learning program that offers full bachelor's degree programs via the Internet.
The university received the Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence in 2001 for faculty development to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning under Leon's tenure.