Vice Chair (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
(Appointed Nov. 16, 2007; Term expires Aug. 30, 2013)
Richard (Dick) A. Walter was re-elected to a third term as Vice Chair of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors during a regular meeting in June 2012. Read more.
Mr. Walter (I), Joplin, was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to the eight-member Board of Governors at MSSU on Nov. 16, 2007. Mr. Walter retired in 2005 as a district engineer from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Mr. Walter holds an associate's degree in computing analysis from Missouri Southern State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (Missouri University of Science & Technology as of Jan. 1, 2008).
His education also included the Transportation Officer Basic Course at the U.S. Army Transportation School, the Engineer Officer Advanced Course at the U.S. Army Training Support Center and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
His 36-year career with the Missouri Department of Transportation (1969-2005), Mr. Walter was District Engineer for District 7 in Joplin; Assistant Division Engineer - Bridge Maintenance, and Field Liaison Engineer - Traffic for the Maintenance and Traffic Division in Jefferson City; District Maintenance and Traffic Engineer for District 2 (Macon); Traffic Studies and Corrections Engineer for Maintenance and Traffic Division (Jefferson City); and District Maintenance Engineer, District Highway Design Engineer, Senior Highway Designer and Highway Designer for District 7 (Joplin).
He served in numerous leadership roles for the Missouri Army National Guard (1976-1994) in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Joplin, Monett, and Pierce City and he also served as Platoon Leader for the 418th Transportation Company at Fort Hood for the United States Army in 1969-1971.
He is a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Joplin where he is a teacher and a deacon and he is a member of the Joplin Rotary Club.