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Candidates for VP Position Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 
Nov. 2, 2011
 
CONTACT:
Rod E. Surber, Director of University Relations & Marketing
417.625.9399
surber-r@mssu.edu

Stephen E. Smith, News Bureau Manager,
417.625.6506
smith-se@mssu.edu 

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Two candidates for the position of Vice President for University Development and Executive Director of the University Foundation will be presented to the campus community Thursday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Nov. 15, Missouri Southern State University President Bruce W. Speck announced today.

The two candidates selected for the campus interviews are JoAnn Graffam, Interim Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, and Morgan R. Clevenger, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri and former Regional Vice President for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

Members of the Search Committee include President Speck, who is serving as Chair; Jared Bruggeman, MSSU Athletics Director; Dr. Sherry Buchanan, Chair of the Missouri Southern Board of Governors; Rayma Bekebrock Davis, President of the Missouri Southern Foundation Board; Dr. Tia Strait, Dean of the School of Technology; and Rob Yust, Vice President for Business Affairs.
 
The itinerary for the two will include an open meeting for the campus community. The schedule for the campus open meetings for the two candidates will be:
 
•  Morgan R. Clevenger, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, Corley Auditorium;

•  JoAnn Graffam, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Cornell Auditorium.
 
Following are brief biographical sketches of the two finalists.
 
Thursday, Nov. 10
 
Morgan R. Clevenger is currently completing his Doctor of Education degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he is submitting his dissertation on “Corporate Citizenship Engagement in American Higher Education.” He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree in News Editorial with a minor in Political Science from the same institution. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
 
He served as Regional Vice President for Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) from 2008 to 2011. Other posts held include Associate Director of Development in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Assistant Professor of Business in the Social Sciences Division and Director of the Alan B. Mollohan Training Center, all at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.
 
He also was director of Development and 4-H Alumni Relations in the Office of Development at the West Virginia University Extension Service. At Hargrave Military Academy’s Office of Institutional Advancement in Chatham, Va., he was Vice President for Institutional Advancement and at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., he served as Acting Vice President of Development and Director of Annual Fund.
 
He was Development Administrator at Chestnut Ridge Community Church in Morgantown, W.Va., Public Information Coordinator for Software Valley Corporation and Software Valley Foundation, Inc., in Morgantown, W.Va., and a Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Morgantown Energy Technology Center.
 
Tuesday, Nov. 15 
 
JoAnn (Hollis) Graffam is currently Missouri Southern State University Interim Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation. She oversees the Foundation, Alumni Affairs Office, University Relations & Marketing and the Resource Center.
 
Prior to her current post, she was serving the University as Development Officer-Major Gifts, a position she held since 2010. Before coming to Missouri Southern Graffam served as Director of  Campaigns and Major Gifts at Lee Academy in Lee, Maine. From 2006-2008, she was Executive Director of Rutland Economic Development Corporation in Rutland, Vt.
 
She also has held positions as Director of Recruitment for Vermont Department of Economic Development and as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Penn's Woods Council in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. She also was Marketing and Development Coordinator for the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou, Maine, and Development Manager and Operations Manager for the Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation in Lincolnville, Maine.
 
Other posts she has held include Director of University Relations and Development at the University of Maine at Fort Kent; and Director of Communications for Delta Dental Plans Association in Chicago.
She began her career as News Bureau Manager at MSSU. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from MSSU and a Master of Arts from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

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