Evangel Profile

Dr. Troy D. Paino (’85): Truman State University president

February 9, 2010

Dr. Troy D. Paino, a 1985 graduate of Evangel University, has been named the 16th president of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

He has served as the provost and vice president for  academic affairs at Truman State since 2008. He will begin his duties as  president May 10.   Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s only highly  selective public liberal arts and sciences university.

Paino graduated from Evangel with a Bachelor of Arts in  History and Philosophy.

He went on to earn his master of arts degree and Ph.D. in  American studies from Michigan State University and a juris doctorate from  Indiana University School of Law.

In April 2009, the Department of Social Sciences at  Evangel presented Dr. Paino with the Regius Award, the department’s highest  honor.

When Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger, professor emeritus,  nominated him for the award in 2009, he commented about Paino as a student,  “Troy was bright, insightful and interested. He did good academic work,  and the departmental faculty all knew he would be a valuable contributor to  society. We are not at all surprised that he continued to do well.”

His teaching and scholarly interests include 20th-century  cultural and social history and American legal history. He has written journal  articles, encyclopedia entries and book reviews on the history of American  sport. His book, “The Social History of the United States: 1960s,”  was published in 2008.

Paino and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Sophia, age  12, and Chloe, age 10.

Evangel  now has 11 alumni college presidents

In addition to Dr. Paino, Evangel has six other alumni  who are currently serving as college presidents:

  • Dr.  Joseph Castleberry ’83 at Northwest University, Kirkland, Wash.
  • Dr. Barry  Corey ’84 at Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.
  • Dr. David  DeGarmo ’91 at American Indian College in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Dr.  Daniel Johnson ’61 at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates (and  formerly at University of Toledo)
  • Dr. Mark  Skrade ’83 at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield, Mo.
  • Dr. Carol  Taylor ’73 at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, Calif.

There are also four Evangel graduates who previously served as college  presidents during their careers:

  • Dr. David  Clark ’62 at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Dr. John  Deegan ’67 at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, N.C.
  • Dr. Tom  Duncan ’75 at Bethany College, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Dr. David  Moore ’72 at the American Indian College, Phoenix, Ariz.

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