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Gov. Jay Nixon breaks ground on … Nixon Hall at Missouri Southern State

Nixon (center) at Tuesday’s groundbreaking
Nixon (center) at Tuesday’s groundbreaking

Gov. Jay Nixon’s finest moment in his eight years in office may have been his office’s response to the 2011 Joplin tornado.

The governor and his staff were here, there and everywhere around Joplin in the weeks following that deadly storm.

On Tuesday, Missouri Southern State University in Joplin honored Nixon, who’s preparing to leave office in January after two terms in office, with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building that will bear his name.

Nixon Hall is to be completed in time for classes in fall 2018. It’ll be used mainly for classrooms and offices for science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Based on a statement from his office, Nixon got a kick out of the ceremony.

“I deeply appreciate this tremendous honor,” he said. “Missouri Southern State University is a strong anchor of academic excellence for this region and a source of strength for a community that has inspired me, and the world.

“This project is a shining example of our state’s commitment to preparing students for success in a rapidly changing global economy.”

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