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Howard Curtis '65

My education at MacMurray taught me to think critically and gave me the confidence to compete in the marketplace. The faculty was incredible, and I found it amazing what one could achieve when a teacher or coach showed an interest.

Howard Curtis founded The Curtis Group, LLC in 1997 after a 30-year career in Human Resources with two Fortune 500 companies. His company offers a full menu of consulting services and has done business in Asia, Europe, and North America.

In addition to his work with The Curtis Group, he is Executive Vice President with the Quest Management Consultants in their St. Louis office, concentrating on executive search and coaching.

Curtis retired in 1996 from the Monsanto Company in St. Louis as Director of Human Resources-Global People Strategies. In this senior executive position, he led a team of professionals to add value to Monsanto business in the areas of staffing, people development, performance management, and succession planning by designing business strategies to match the needs of the respective business.

Prior to Monsanto he worked for the Stewart-Warner Corporation in labor relations, safety, compensation/benefits, and served as the Director of Industrial Relations his last two years with the company.

Curtis has served on the MacMurray College Board of Trustees since 1989. In 2000, he was elected as Chairman of the Board and served until 2003 at which time he became a Lifetime Trustee.

He received a bachelor of science degree in Economics and Business from MacMurray College in 1965 and a master of arts degree in Human Resources Management from Washington University. In May 2007, Curtis was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by MacMurray College.

A Jacksonville native, Curtis attracted the attention of Bill Wall, Mac Athletic Director, and Yorker Smith, the College Business Manager, with his outstanding golf skills. These men convinced Curtis to attend MacMurray College, where he earned the All-American Small College Golfer Award in 1964 as well as the Sophomore Award in Business in 1962.

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