Gregg Favre Honored as Spring 2014 Outstanding Recent Alumnus
University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose, left, presents the 2014 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award to Gregg Favre May 10 during commencement ceremonies.
A life of service connecting Gregg Favre to work with all types of people from the poor on the streets of St. Louis to the billionaire bankers of Wall Street to the First Lady of the United States helped the 2008 University of Central Missouri graduate earn recognition by the UCM Alumni Association as its spring 2014 Outstanding Recent Alumnus.
A captain in the St. Louis Fire Department, Favre was recognized during commencement ceremonies May 10 for his work protecting more than one million people as a firefighter and medic.
Dianna Bryant, the associate professor who nominated him for the award, called Favre "an exemplary alumnus who is actively engaged in one of the greatest challenges facing the country, assisting the next greatest generation in transitioning from combat to civic life. He is a promising leader with a vision and determination to make a difference in the world."
Born and raised in St. Louis City, Favre earned undergraduate degrees at UCM in crisis and disaster management and criminal justice. He began his career working from firehouses in neighborhoods throughout St. Louis. After several years learning the craft of firefighting, he was assigned to one of St. Louis' two elite special operation rescue units, where he responded to fires and complex rescue incidents in some of the busiest fire battalions in the nation.
In his current role as a command staff officer, he provides critical, high level counsel to the fire chief of a 1,000-member department. Prior to his promotion to captain and assignment to the fire chief's staff, Favre served as the emergency management coordinator where he implemented comprehensive response, sustainability and continuity policies for the department's more than 1,000 members, 36 facilities and hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment and resources. He also developed and maintained comprehensive management plans for more than three million people in the St. Louis area.
In 2011, after nearly 10 years of watching other firefighters report for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Favre took a leave of absence to work with returning veterans. He was appointed as chief of staff at The Mission Continue, a nonprofit organization awarding community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans.
Favre's primary responsibilities at The Mission Continues included the coordination and direction of executive staff and organizational strategy. As chief of staff to the CEO, he served as the primary point of contact for events and negotiations with external partners, brokering events and contracts with The White House and the Office of the First Lady, Goldman Sachs, Paramount Studios and ABC/ESPN/Disney.
An accomplished author and public speaker, Favre has been featured on both live and prerecorded pieces for NBC, CBS, FOX, NPR and ABC. His award-winning writing and research have been featured in a variety of outlets, including testimony before the United States Congress, the LA Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Favre has published more than a dozen articles on public safety administration and response policies, which have providing training to more than one million first responders. In 2010, his writing was awarded the "Gold Award" at the Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals.
Inspired by the instruction he received at UCM, Favre has continued to pursue "an education for service." In 2008 he was accepted to the George Washington University School of Medicine where he earned his master's degree. He is currently finishing his graduate diploma in politics and policy from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He has held faculty positions at the University of Maryland, University College and Kaplan University.
A close friend notes, "Gregg has never stopped trying to better himself. UCM played an important role in this because while he was a traditional student here, his career path forced him to finish his degree online. The ability to secure his degree from a distance while pursuing a great career was a major advancement for Gregg."
Favre adds that he's merely trying to pay forward the attention shown him by UCM professors. "I strive to be an advocate for my students, challenging them but always making sure that what I'm teaching will help them in the world today and tomorrow."