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Jeffrey Stewart Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Stewart, who resides in Rosenberg, Texas, was honored April 15.

2016-05-12
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-12-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Jeffrey Stewart (pictured) of Rosenberg, Texas, recently received the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Stewart, currently the disaster program manager for the American Red Cross in Houston, is one of eight 2016 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 15 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association. A YouTube video about Stewart’s career is available online.

Alumni Achievement Awards go to graduates who have achieved high rank or honor in their professions and have had a major impact on their communities.

Stewart, who earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement in 1979 from Minnesota State Mankato, has served in the U.S. Navy, the Minnesota Army National Guard and as a police officer for the St. Paul, Minn., police department.

He also earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from Bethel Theological Seminary and served as a pastoral minister for 16 years.

Stewart founded the Metro Emergency Services Chaplain Corps in Minneapolis to address emergency and personal needs of citizens and emergency service personnel, which included developing a 40-hour basic training academy for new chaplains, and served as the organization’s executive director from 2003-2014.

The academy has trained over 500 chaplains around the state of Minnesota and five-state area, and Stewart has advised numerous departments around the United States on how to establish and organize an emergency service chaplain program. The Emergency Service Chaplaincy in the state of Minnesota is now the basic training standard of the state.

During the Minneapolis 35W bridge collapse in 2007, Stewart initiated and managed the family assistance center for the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office; the center was later nationally recognized as a best practice assistance center for addressing needs during a crisis.

Besides caring for others and keeping citizens safe in emergency situations, Stewart has also served as a football coach for 31 years at the high school and collegiate levels.

Those who want more information about the April 15 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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