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Board of Regents Information:

Missouri Southern State University has a rich history. Since 1937, Missouri Southern State University has provided educational opportunities for Southwest Missouri and beyond. MSSU has evolved from an outstanding junior college to its role today as a comprehensive four-year state-supported institution offering bachelor and master degrees. Learn More..

July 12, 2003

Governor Bob Holden signed a bill on the Missouri Southern campus that elevated the status of the institution from College to University. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Gary Nodler (R-Joplin) and Rep. Bryan Stevenson (R-Joplin), changed the name of the institution from Missouri Southern State College to Missouri Southern State University - Joplin. The legislation officially became effective on Aug. 28, 2003. This changed the Board of Regents to what it is now known as the Board of Governors.

We would like to honor those who represented on past Board of Regents.

Board of Regents 1964-1992:

Missouri Southern State College, Board of Regents 1964-2003

Regents Name Residence Year Appointed Term Expired
Lauren R. Reynolds Joplin 1965 1968
Thomas E. Taylor Carthage 1965 1974
Mills Anderson Carthage 1965 1977
Norval M. Mathews Webb City 1965 1977
Fred G. Hughes Joplin 1965 1981
Jerry E. Wells Joplin 1968 1985
Carolyn Rodgers McKee Carthage 1974 1979
Donald Roderique Webb City 1977 1978
William S. Schwab, Jr. Joplin 1977 1981
Ray W. Grace Carthage 1977 1982
Glenn D. Wilson Joplin 1978 1983
Loren Olson Sarcoxie 1979 1985
Anthony Kassab Joplin 1981 1986
William C. Putnam Carthage 1981 1987
W. Terry James Webb City 1982 1988
Robert Higgins Joplin 1983 1989
Russell G. Smith Joplin 1985 1990
John O. "Pat" Phelps Carthage 1985 1991
Gilbert Roper Joplin 1986 1992
Frank S. Dunaway Carthage 1987 1993
Douglas K. Crandall Carthage 1989 1994
Cynthia H. Schwab Joplin 1990 1995
D. Keith Adams Joplin 1990 1996
Elvin Ummel Jasper 1991 1997
Robert L. "Bob" Lamb Joplin 1992 1998
Stephen P. Carlton Carthage 1994, 2000 1999, 2006
Carolyn B. Phelps Carthage 1994 2000
Loretta Wilcox Joplin 1996 2002
Glenn D. Wilson Joplin 1994, 1997 2000, 2003

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