COLUMBIA — Kee Groshong, a former MU vice chancellor for administrative services, was awarded the 2014 Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Columbia on Thursday.
Groshong is the sixth recipient of the award, which honors former Columbia Mayor Howard Lang Jr., who served from 1953 to 1957.
Recipients can be elected officials or those who serve on a city board, commission or event or leads an effort that benefits the city. Nominees are evaluated on their community involvement, personal initiative and impact.
Groshong has served the community in several capacities including chair of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation, according a city news release.
He was also a delegate to Columbia's sister city, Kutaisi, Georgia. Currently, he is a member of the City of Columbia Railroad Advisory Board and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri.
Mayor Bob McDavid presented Groshong with the award and was a member of the five-person selection committee. Other committee members were former Mayor Bob Pugh; Margrace Buckler, the city's director of human resources; Lori Neidel, a New Century Fund board member; and Cindy Sheltmire, a real estate agent.
Groshong was commended by the committee for his contributions to Columbia's economy and culture and his effort to create a mutually beneficial relationship between the city and MU. He was one of five nominees who all had laudable recommendations, Trust Specialist John Baker said.
Ed Kaiser, Darwin Hindman, Dave Griggs, Robert Smith and Eva Jo Sapp are past recipients of the award. Sapp was recognized posthumously.