Thurman Heads Mineral Area College Foundation Inc.
Kevin Thurman, of Farmington, has joined Mineral Area College as assistant to the president, Dr. Steve Kurtz.
It’s actually a return to the community college that gave him his higher education start after he graduated from Farmington High School. He graduated from MAC with an associate degree in 1991, after playing basketball for former coach (and later athletic director) Tim Gray.
“Attending MAC and playing basketball provided me with a solid foundation to continue my education and play basketball for a D2 school,” he said. “I always look back on how much support I was given by the college.”
After attending Wayne State College in Nebraska, Thurman went on to Southeast Missouri State University, where he graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in health management, minoring in promotional management.
Thurman and his wife, Karri, make their home in Farmington. They have three children: Riley, who is a senior at Arkansas State University; Evan, who is a senior at Farmington and Sophi who is a freshman at Farmington. Thurman coaches Sophi’s Magic Basketball Academy basketball team. He also enjoys playing golf with his son, Evan.
Kevin is past chairman of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, a past chairman of the St. Francois Community Partnership, served on the Farmington City Council and is a current member of the Farmington tourism board.
While he comes to MAC from the healthcare industry—he was Behavioral Health Services director at Mercy Hospital Jefferson and director of marketing and real estate at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center—Thurman has served on the Mineral Area College Foundation Board of Directors since 2006, and served as president of the foundation from 2010-13.
His experience on the foundation board of directors made him interested in the role as assistant to the president, he said, since the position works closely with the foundation.
“I have always been proud to be involved with the MAC Foundation,” he said. “My wife graduated from the ADN program in 1995, my oldest daughter graduated from MAC in 2011 and having graduated from MAC myself, I know first-hand how important quality programs are to the community. I am excited to be a part of the Mineral Area College family,” he said.
Thurman’s first fund-raising campaign is the annual Simmons Match, in which foundation board member and former MAC dean Dr. N. Gayle Simmons has offered to match donations to the enhancement grant. More on the campaign can be found at www.MineralArea.edu/foundation
. Anyone can also reach Thurman at (573) 518-2261 or kthurman@MineralArea.edu.