(Appointed Oct. 26, 2011; Term expires Aug. 30, 2016)
Charles L. "Chuck" Surface, 68, of Joplin, a longtime public servant representing Southwest Missouri in city, county and state government passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Chuck was born Feb. 5, 1944, in Webb City, and had lived in the Joplin-Webb City area most of his life.
Charles (Chuck) Surface, of Joplin, was appointed to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors by Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday, Oct. 26, 2011. Mr. Surface is a Republican. He replaced Charles C. McGinty, D.D.S., (R) also of Joplin, whose term officially expired Aug. 30, 2010.
Mr. Surface (R) served as Director of Economic Development for the city of Webb City from 2007 until his passing, and directed efforts to have the city named a certified local government and to create a downtown historic district and historic commission.
He served 18 years in the General Assembly, representing the 128th and 129th districts, after being first elected in 1984; was Presiding Commissioner of Jasper County from 2003 to 2006; and also served on the Joplin City Council.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Surface graduated of Missouri Southern State University, and was a recipient of the university’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. Over the years, he also was active in numerous local civic and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Surface was originally appointed to the MSSU Board in August 2011, but when the Governor called a special session of the Legislature, all appointments submitted were technically required to be rescinded and resubmitted when the session concluded.