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Missouri Chamber honors Colonel Sandra Karsten with Leadership Missouri Graduate Lifetime Achievement Award

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Every year the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry recognizes an outstanding graduate of Leadership Missouri who has exemplified the mission of the program and demonstrated strong leadership over the course of their career. This year’s award was given to Colonel Sandra Karsten of the Missouri State Highway Patrol during the Missouri Business Awards held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Nov. 16, 2017.

From working to improve the recruitment and retention of quality officers to breaking glass ceilings, Karsten stands out for dedication to her role in service to the state as she has forged a new path during her MSHP career. She was appointed to the Patrol in 1985 as a member of the 57th Recruit Class. After several years as a trooper, she obtained the rank of corporal and sergeant. In 1996 she transferred to the General Headquarters in Jefferson City, where she continued to rise in leadership with promotions to lieutenant, captain, and lieutenant colonel. She was serving as assistant superintendent when Governor Eric Greitens appointed her to become the 23rd superintendent of MSHP this February. When the Senate confirmed her appointment, Karsten was promoted to colonel. She is the first woman to hold the position of superintendent in the Patrol’s 85-year history.

In addition to her law enforcement service, Karsten’s commitment to education and betterment as a leader and as a teacher is exemplary. She has worked hard to develop her fellow staff members at MSHP and improve the recruitment and retention of excellent officers. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Lincoln University.

Founded by the Chamber in 1990, Leadership Missouri is a program that takes current and emerging leaders throughout the state to hone their leadership skills and expand their knowledge of the state’s challenges and opportunities. A 2005 graduate of the program, Karsten has encouraged fellow leaders across MSHP to look to Leadership Missouri as a professional development program not normally considered by law enforcement. In addition, she has given back by participating as a speaker and helping organize educational sessions that showcase the mission of MSHP. The Missouri Chamber extends their gratitude to Karsten for her valuable service to her fellow Missourians and is proud to present her this year’s award.

Learn more about Leadership Missouri at mochamber.com/leadershipmissouri

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