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McIntires to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from MNU

Donna and Larry McIntire
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Dr. Larry and Donna McIntire of Joplin, Missouri, will be presented MNU’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the President’s Honors gala April 13, 2018. Larry maintains his Joplin medical practice, Freeman Ear, Nose and Throat Center, which was established in 1992, and where Donna served as the practice’s business manager until 2012.


The McIntire’s support of MNU began when Larry served on the Board of Trustees under the university’s first president, Dr. R. Curtis Smith. He has served on the board, off and on throughout the university’s history, and under every president. Donna has maintained a supportive role participating in many philanthropic events such as the Autumn Auction and President’s Honors. 


Under McIntire’s leadership as chair of MNU’s Board of Trustees, the university has expanded programs, achieved prestigious program accreditations and embarked on a $60M capital campaign for academic programs, capital projects and university support. Today more than half of that goal has already been raised.


A graduate of AT Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri, McIntire completed his internship at Rocky Mountain Osteopathic Hospital, his residency at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri and later a fellowship in neurotology and skull base surgery at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Donna graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and business education from Adams State College and a master’s degree in English from Emporia State University.


Throughout their careers, the couple supported higher education in every community in which they lived, as well as at MNU. Whether teaching, serving in administrative roles or contributing financially, several universities and colleges have benefitted from their vision. Larry has served on numerous educational and hospital boards. Donna served as the secretary of the Athletic Steering Committee at Missouri Southern State University and as past Missouri District Missionary President for the Church of the Nazarene. 

Medicine and education at MNU is a family affair for the McIntires. Their children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two of their grandchildren, are alumni. Both Kent and Susan are medical doctors as well. Left to right: Jackie (Boyd ’84) and Dr. Kent (’85) McIntire, Donna and Dr. Larry McIntire, Dr. Susan (McIntire FS ‘86) and John (’84) Hull.
Medicine and education at MNU is a family affair for the McIntires. Their children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two of their grandchildren, are alumni. Both Kent and Susan are medical doctors as well. Left to right: Jackie (Boyd ’84) and Dr. Kent (’85) McIntire, Donna and Dr. Larry McIntire, Dr. Susan (McIntire FS ‘86) and John (’84) Hull. 


Last year Larry was honored with 2017 Citizen of the Year Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, in part for his efforts to bring a new school of medicine to their city. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) opened the Farber-McIntire Campus in Joplin in 2017. 

Small town America needs doctors,” Larry says. “The best way to get them is to train them here.”


Serving as president of the Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance, a group he helped put together, Larry and other civic and business leaders helped raise $38 million for the medical school. Their efforts to coordinate Joplin organizations led to Mercy Health System’s donation of their former hospital building and land to help start KCU-COM. 


Larry’s service to MNU hasn’t ended, although he completed his term as chairman of the board in November. He continues to serve as a board member and an MNU Foundation member and supports the university’s initiatives through generous gifts. Together, the couple says they would encourage others to support MNU financially because it would be a “worthwhile gift” to an institution where top-quality faculty care for their students. 

About the MNU Lifetime Achievement award, they are both humbled. “We have great admiration for the board, administration, the students and parents and those adults who come back to school on their own,” he says. “We are proud of MNU and we feel honored.” 

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