Former State Sen. Gary Nodler was honored with the Richard M. Webster Medallion during a special presentation on Nov. 14 in the North End Zone Facility.

Established by Missouri Southern in 2015, the award is presented annually to an elected official who has made significant contributions to the public good and demonstrated political leadership at the local, state or national level with the spirit of the late Richard M. Webster.

Nodler – who earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern in 1972 – served in the Missouri Senate from 2003-11, and was a member of the education and appropriations committees. Among the legislation he sponsored during his tenure was 2003’s Senate Bill 55, which renamed Missouri Southern State College as Missouri Southern State University. That same year, he was recognized by the university as the recipient of the Outstanding Alum Award.

In 2007, he sponsored a bill that generated funding for construction at state universities, including the Julio S. Le.n Health Sciences Building, and was instrumental in securing funding for the construction of the North End Zone Facility. He was recently appointed by Gov. Mike Parson to serve on the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.