SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Dr. Don Tosh, professor of mathematics and corresponding secretary of Evangel’s chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME), was recently honored with the designation of a national award in his name. The award was established to recognize the work of outstanding local KME chapters and is known as the McKee Tosh Outstanding Chapter Award.
The award is named in recognition of Tosh’s long-time service to KME, as well as the service of Rhonda McKee, corresponding secretary of the KME chapter at the University of Central Missouri.
KME is a specialized mathematics honor society whose main purpose is to increase the appreciation of the field of mathematics among undergraduate students and provide them the opportunity to engage in mathematics research.
Evangel has been home to a local chapter of KME, known as Missouri Theta, since its installation on Jan. 12, 1971. Tosh has been the campus sponsor, or corresponding secretary, of Missouri Theta for 36 years. This makes him one of the longest serving secretaries in KME’s history.
Tosh’s involvement with KME also included various leadership positions within the organization, including national historian, national president elect, and national president (two terms).
“Evangel will be indirectly recognized every time the award is presented, which is every two years,” said Tosh. “It is an amazing honor.”
Tosh has led a distinguished teaching career in the field of mathematics, serving as a mathematics professor at Evangel since 1972. He was the recipient of the university’s Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service in 2019 and the KME George Mach Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
He served as chair of the Natural and Applied Sciences Department from 1994-2001. His work has been included in a variety of mathematics-focused publications, and he has been a speaker at several conferences, including the keynote speaker at the Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics.
Tosh holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Alberta, Canada, an M.S. in Mathematics from the same, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Guelph.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Tosh is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast, celebrating his 61st birthday by climbing to the 19,300-foot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
He and his wife, Carole, have one daughter and three grandchildren.
Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.