MSSU Names Interim Vice President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                   
Sept. 7, 2011

University Relations & Marketing

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – JoAnn (Hollis) Graffam has been named Interim Vice President for Development at Missouri Southern State University and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation, MSSU President Bruce W. Speck announced today (Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011).
She has been serving the University as Development Office-Major Gifts since February 2010. She replaces Dr. Mark Parsons who earlier accepted the position of Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. His resignation is effective at the end of the month.

Before coming to Missouri Southern, Graffam served as Director, 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 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.

In her new position, she will oversee Development, Alumni Affairs and University Relations & Marketing divisions. “We are conducting a national search to fill this position, but we are very fortunate to have someone with JoAnn’s skills and experience available to step into such a critical position so quickly and facilitate the transition. She will provide important continuity during this time,” Dr. Speck stated. “Since coming to MSSU, JoAnn has proven to be a high-energy, high-performing member of our team.”
“Working on behalf of my alma mater in this new capacity is a wonderful opportunity,” said Graffam. “I’ve enjoyed returning to the University and to the region and I look forward to working with this team to continue generating resources to help our students succeed.”