Chair (2009-2010, 2010-2011)
(Appointed Sept. 4, 2003; Term expires Sept. 4, 2009)
Rod Anderson of Monett was the first appointment to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors after the institution received University status. Gov. Bob Holden announced the appointment on Sept. 8, 2003. Mr. Anderson filled a position on the Board of Governors created by the signing of Senate Bill 55. Mr. Anderson is Vice President at Produce Brokers and Distributors, Inc., located in Monett. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Missouri Southern in 1976. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors.
Mr. Anderson served as Vice Chair during 2008-2009 and then as Chair 2009-2010. The Board elected Mr. Anderson to his second term as Chair in 2010-2011.
He earned the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award in 1966 and was named Missouri Mr. FBLA (Future Business Leader of America) in 1971. Anderson served in the Missouri Army National Guard for six years. He has served on the Monett R‑1 School Board for more than 10 years and served as Board President. He is heavily involved in community activities in Monett. When the Governor signed Senate Bill 55 on July 12, 2003, the name of Missouri Southern State College was changed to Missouri Southern State University‑Joplin and a position was added to the appointed governing body, which also had its name changed from Board of Regents to Board of Governors. The name change officially occurred on Aug. 28, 2003. Legislation approved and effective August 28, 2005 changed the institution’s name to Missouri Southern State University.