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Ryan DeBoef to receive Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

October 11, 2012 | Paul K. Logsdon

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Ryan DeBoef, 2001 graduate, has been chosen to receive the 2012 Evangel University Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

The award will be presented at the Celebration Banquet, part of the university’s homecoming festivities, which will take place Saturday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the University Plaza Convention Center.

“Nominees for Outstanding Young Alumnus must be under the age of 36 and have made significant contributions within their chosen career field, church, community, state, nation, or to Evangel University,” says Chuck Cox, director of alumni relations.

DeBoef currently serves as legal counsel for Missouri State University. Prior to that, DeBoef served in the role of senior associate attorney for Husch Blackwell LLP and as law clerk for the Honorable Richard E. Dorr of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Government from Evangel and went on to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, receiving a juris doctorate in May 2005.

DeBoef also is involved with a number of professional and community service organizations including Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

DeBoef also volunteers with the Republican Party, having served on the Greene County Republican Central Committee for 2010-2011.

During that same year, he served on the board of directors for Leadership Springfield, an organization whose mission is to inspire, develop and connect leaders to serve in the Springfield community.

On being selected for the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, he says, “I’m grateful. It’s a testament less to things I’ve done and more to the people who have taken the time to invest in my future.”

One of those people is his mother, who put her own dreams of an education and a career on hold to ensure he and his brother Brenton, a 1998 Evangel graduate, made it through college.

DeBoef also is referring to his professors at Evangel.

“One of the most beneficial aspects of my education at Evangel is the relationships with faculty,” he says. “In larger schools, you don’t have that, but I still have lunch with some of my Evangel professors.”

His career is thriving and community service is a priority, but DeBoef enjoys family time and serving in his local church more than anything.

“I learn more about my own faith while trying to find a way to make communion fresh and new for people,” he says.

DeBoef and his wife Manndi have one son, Liam, age 2. They are expecting a new addition to the family this fall.

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