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2024 Distinguished Zizzer Alumnus


At the 2024 West Plains High School graduation ceremony, Dr. Dennis Lancaster was named the recipient of the 2024 Distinguished Zizzer Alumnus Award. Through his commitment to education and influence on society, Dr. Lancaster embodies the spirit of this honor.

Dr. Lancaster's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and passion. He has been an integral part of Missouri State University-West Plains for over three decades, leaving an indelible mark at every step of his career. From his humble beginnings as an English and journalism instructor to his current role as chancellor, Dr. Lancaster's leadership and vision have shaped the education trajectory, inspiring generations of students.

Dr. Lancaster's impact extends far beyond the walls of the university. His dedication to family and community underscores his genuine character and serves as a beacon of inspiration for us all. Through his tireless efforts, he has touched the lives of countless individuals with compassion, integrity, and service.

As we honor Dr. Lancaster as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, we express our deepest gratitude for his outstanding contributions. May this recognition serve as a reminder of the profound difference one individual can make and inspire future generations to follow in his footsteps.