MSSU Board Holds January Meeting

January 20, 2011

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JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – The Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University was given an overview of the University’s new Tuition/Fee Payment and Student Assistance Plan at its meeting on Friday, Jan. 20.

Treasurer Linda Eis told Board members that students must pay tuition no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. Students will have until Feb. 3 to re-enroll and settle their accounts. Eis said MSSU offers several payment plans and students with questions about tuition or payment plans should visit the Bursar’s Office in Hearnes Hall or telephone 417.625.9381 or email

Also today, Board members approved a proposal to continue short-term investment of some of the University’s funds. The Board agreed that a total of $5 million should be put in five separate two-year accounts to obtain a higher .65 percent interest rate. The multiple accounts would allow flexibility in the event that some of the funds needed to be withdrawn before the 24-month maturity date.

Vice President for Business Affairs Rob Yust told Board members that signage installation is complete at the Plaster Sports Complex at Missouri Southern.  He said work on producing a new chiller (air conditioner) for the Spiva Library also is proceeding. The completion date for the chiller, which is being constructed in four components in Springfield, is March 1.

Missouri Southern Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman told members of the Board that Julie Wengert, Associate Athletic Director, has been accepted into the 12-month long NCAA “Pathways” program which will offer personal and professional improvement opportunities.

Vice President for Student Affairs Darren Fullerton presented two students who spoke before the Board today.  Brittany Lampe, junior Secondary Education-Biology major from Carthage, and Mallory Roberson, senior Health Promotion and Wellness major from Newbern,Tenn., now living in Carl Junction, gave Governors an overview of the Missouri Governor’s Leadership Forum they had recently attended in Jefferson City. 

The trip included a conversation with former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

In Academic Affairs, two faculty members, Dr. Joey Brown and Dr. Kexi Liu, were approved for sabbaticals. The Board approved the resignation of Dr. Yuanjin Liu of the Mathematics Department.

Dr. Michael Howarth was approved to be Director of the Honors Program, succeeding Dr. Michael Garoutte, who has returned to the classroom after occupying the Honors position for over three years.

Dr. David “Lanny” Ackiss has been named Department Head for the English and Philosophy Department. Dr. Ackiss has served as the Interim Department Head since June of last year.

Missouri Southern President Dr. Bruce Speck spoke to Board members about possible further restrictions in state funding faced by colleges and universities in the state, including Missouri Southern. 

Dr. Speck said, “We must envision where MSSU will be in five years and even later out.  We must produce a budget based on levels of governmental support,” Dr. Speck added. 

He said despite budgetary challenges, Missouri Southern’s first priority will be to provide an excellent education to students, now and in the future.