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Tammie Jo Shults
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Tammie Jo Shults, 'hero pilot' for Southwest Airlines exemplifies all that it means to be an MNU alum. 

MNU Director of Alumni Kevin Garber said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a 1983 alumnus, gave a speech on campus last spring. Garber recalls that Shults advocated for diversity in the workforce and encouraged women to break through barriers in male-dominated fields. 

“During her talk, students asked Tammie Jo what advice she would give, as a professional woman,” Garber said. “Tammie answered that students, ‘should never give up, just keep excelling.’ She said when she was in college she ‘never would have dreamed’ that she would be in her position.”

“Like many of our alumni,” Garber continued, “Tammie Jo Shults exemplifies all that MNU is about. I think her strong Christian faith combined with her tenacity and persistence kept her calm in the face of a terrifying situation.”

“Tammie would tell you that she loved her MNU experience and has a strong circle of friends from her time here. We look forward to welcoming her back to campus as a hero,” Garber said. 

Southwest Airlines Capt. Tammie Jo Shults is a 1983 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. Capt. Shults holds a B.A. degree in Biology and Agribusiness. She is married to Dean M. Shults who is also a pilot. 

We spoke with Tammie Jo’s former roommate, Cindy Foster, who was in touch with her friend yesterday (April 19, 2018). Tammie Jo said, “We have a Lord that transcends our daily trials. I give God the credit.”

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