James M. Schmuck

Senior Councilor

Alpha Eta–Westminster ’69

Dr. James M. “Jim” Schmuck was initiated by the Alpha Eta Chapter at Westminster College in 1969. He graduated from Westminster, earned his master’s degree in English and a doctorate in higher education administration from St. Louis University.

Jim spent more than 33 years as an English and communications teacher at the high school and college levels. An award-winning cross-country and track and field coach, he was named the 2005 National Cross-Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools and was elected to the Missouri Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2023, he was inducted into the Parkway South High School Hall of Fame, a high school where he spent the majority of his career.

Jim has held leadership positions in several organizations, including serving as a member of the board of trustees at Westminster College and as the president and an executive committee member of the Missouri Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association. He also serves on the board of governors of the National Churchill Museum, located in Fulton, Missouri, of which he was also formerly the Chairman and Senior Fellow, and is currently a board member for William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, and for the National George C. Marshall Foundation, located in Lexington, Virginia.”

Jim served as Commander of Henry C. Chiles Province from 2007 to 2015, before being elected to serve on the Executive Council at the 76th Convention & Sesquicentennial Celebration. In 2023, at the 80th Convention, he was elected as Senior Councilor. Jim is a member of several Courts of Honor and is a 2017 recipient of the Knight Commander’s Accolade. He is a member of the KAOEF’s 1865 Trust and a multi-year member of the Crimson & Gold Society.

He and his wife, Judy, who is a long-time facilitator at Officer Training Conferences as well as a Founding member of the KAOEF Rose Circle, live in Wildwood, Missouri.