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NACUA's Life Membership Award

Marvin E. “Bunky” Wright - 2008

Marvin E. “Bunky” Wright retired from the position of General Counsel of the University of Missouri in December 2007. His more than forty years of practice in higher education law includes service in the office of the General Counsel from 1967 to 1979, and again from 1998 to 2007. As a private practitioner from 1979 to 1998, he represented higher educational institutions, including Stephens College, Columbia College, and Westminster College. In 1978, he successfully argued the case of Board of Curators of the University of Missouri v. Horowitz, a landmark higher education case involving the Fourteenth Amendment and due process for dismissal. He received his B.A. degree in 1958 from the University of Missouri and received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Missouri in 1964.

Mr. Wright has been a member of NACUA since 1968. He served as NACUA’s president from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of NACUA’s Board of Directors from 1976 to 1978, and continued his service on the Board as an officer from 1978 to 1984. He served as a speaker at NACUA Annual Conferences, and served on the Committee on Arrangements, Committee on Honors and Awards, Committee on Finance, and Committee on Site Selection. He also chaired the Committee on Nominations, Committee on Program, and Committee on Membership. His intellect, wisdom, and unwavering integrity are highly praised by his colleagues.

NACUA is pleased to recognize Marvin E. “Bunky” Wright as a Life Member of the Association in recognition of his outstanding service and substantial contributions to NACUA and the field of higher education law.