Kala Mays Stroup, PhD

Year Inducted


Career Field

Higher Education


  • First VP of Academic Affairs in Board of Regents System in Kansas
  • First woman President for Kentucky System of higher education
  • First woman President of SE Missouri State University
  • First woman President of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference
  • One of the first women Presidents on the NCAA Presidents Commission
  • Commissioner of Higher Education in Missouri, serving on the Governor's Cabinet until 2002
  • Former President of American Humanics
  • Former President of Murray State University in Kentucky and Southeast Missouri State University
  • Dean of Women at the University of Kansas
  • Recipient of the Alumni Honor Citation from the KU Division of Speech and Drama