Tabor’s Regier wins top business ed award

A member of the business faculty at Tabor College was presented with the highest post-secondary honor bestowed by the Kansas Business Educator Association.

Mary Regier, assistant professor of business education and office administration, received the 2002 “Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator Award,” an honor given to recognize excellence in teaching, and service to business education. The award was presented at the KBEA state convention Oct. 18, at the Airport Hilton in Wichita.

“This is a great honor for Mary and speaks highly of the program she has built at Tabor,” said Don Isaac, chair of the business administration department.

Educators must be nominated to be eligible for the award. Regier, nominated by a current student majoring in business education and office administration, also met the other requirements. Recipients must have taught business education for a minimum of 10 years and must be a member of KBEA.

After all nominees were contacted in late July, completed biographical data of nominee forms were sent to a selection committee consisting of one KBEA member from each of the four regions of the state selected by the president-elect, Connie Lindell of Santa Fe Trail High School, Carbondale.

Members of the selection committee individually judged each nominee’s biographical data and reference letters using a point system for each area. Total points were tallied for each nominee. The person with the highest number of points received the award.

Regier is currently responsible for the business education, office administration and office studies programs at Tabor, including recruiting, retention, advising and teaching.

A Tabor faculty member since 1990, she also serves as Tabor’s representative for the National Association of Business Teacher Education.

She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Delta Pi Epsilon, National Business Education Association, Mountain-Plains Business Education Association and KBEA.

Regier also is active in her church and serves on the Hillsboro High School Technology Advisory Committee.

KBEA has honored post-secondary educators since 1995.

Regier, who earned her bachelor’s degree at Tabor College and her master’s degree at Wichita State University, is the first Tabor business faculty member to receive this award.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be named for this award,” Regier said. “I personally know each of the previous recipients, each of whom is highly respected in our profession. This is a dream come true for me.”

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