Governor Parson visits North Central Missouri College

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (Photo courtesy Missouri Governor's office)
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Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson engaged with students, employees, and community members at North Central Missouri College in Trenton on April 24, signing copies of the biography “No Turnin’ Back,” which chronicles Governor Parson’s life.

Governor Parson shared that his visit to the college was to observe the impact of state investments, highlighting his tour of the construction site for the new Doctor Neil and Susanne Nuttall Student Center.



Growing up in a small town as the son of sharecroppers, Governor Parson reflected on his humble beginnings, noting that although he lacked material possessions, he was unaware of them during his childhood. He also admitted to making numerous mistakes in his youth.



His career began in the Military Police, followed by roles as a deputy sheriff and the sheriff of Polk County. Governor Parson also ventured into business, owning and operating gas stations before his political career took him to Jefferson City, where he served as a state representative, state senator, and lieutenant governor.

Governor Parson ascended to the governorship following Eric Greitens’ resignation, having only 48 hours to prepare for the role.



Doctor Jim Jones, the author of “No Turnin’ Back,” spoke about the book’s insights, particularly emphasizing a chapter subtitle, “If Everything is a Priority, Nothing is a Priority.” He outlined Governor Parson’s focus on infrastructure and workforce development as key priorities.



Dr. Jones highlighted that his research for the biography included interviews with at least 20 individuals and over 40 separate conversations.

The book is priced at $30, with all proceeds supporting the Moving Missouri Forward Foundation, an initiative endorsed by the First Lady. The foundation benefits children with disabilities, Jobs for America’s Graduates—Missouri, and youth initiatives broadly.

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