Margaret Menges Stroup 1960
Satellite Beach, Florida
Since her graduation summa cum laude from Centre in 1960, Margaret Menges Stroup has risen to prominent positions in one of the country’s leading industrial firms – work in which she has distinguished herself as a proponent of corporate responsibility and integrity.
A native of Louisville, Margaret was salutatorian of her graduating class at DuPont Manual High School. At Centre she was editor of the Cento and was involved in numerous campus activities. Her superior academic accomplishments earned her a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to attend Indiana University, where she earned a master’s degree. She later studied at the Claremont Graduate School in California and at the Washington University Graduate School of Business.
Margaret began her career as an educator, serving as chairperson of the history department at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis. Subsequently, she served as director of the Department of Human Resources, Commissioner of Human Relations and director of the Office of Manpower Program for the St. Louis county government.
In 1979, Margaret joined Monsanto Chemical Company as director of corporate responsibility, which involved her in programs for community relations, volunteerism and social responsibility. She also served as director of the planning department for Monsanto and has won a national first-place award for corporate and organizational planning. She was honored in 1983 with the Business-Management Leadership Award for the St. Louis area.
Margaret has served on the Board of Directors of the Centre College Alumni Association and is a member of the Isaac Shelby Society. She returned to Centre in 1984 to speak to students about ethical values in the corporate world. She became a Centre trustee in 1989.