FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2012
University Relations & Marketing
JOPLIN, MO - The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors approved a two-year extension to the contract of MSSU President Bruce Speck at their June board meeting, held this evening at Billingsly Student Center.
President Speck’s current contract, which extends through 2013, has now been renewed through June 30, 2015. The Board of Governors voted to approve the extension based on a comprehensive review that consisted of a number of factors, including Speck’s accomplishments from the past year, input from university employees, and an assessment of his community involvement.
“Dr. Speck has met the board’s expectations during a very difficult year for the university and the Joplin community,” said Dr. Sherry Buchanan, chairperson of the MSSU Board of Governors. “Through it all, Dr. Speck has capably led the university with energy, optimism and vision, and we applaud his leadership.”
The board reflected on multiple challenges the university has faced in the past year, including a decrease in state funding, a difficult economy, the tornado and its effects on the community and the MSSU student body, and a resulting decrease in enrollment.
Dr. Speck and his administration team were also lauded by the board for stabilizing the university’s finances and producing a balanced budget going into the next fiscal year.
Buchanan cited several accomplishments over the last year, including major upgrades of Hearnes Hall and Ummel Technology Building to better serve the students, the completion of a master facilities plan, the completion of a strategic plan, and mechanisms for shared governance that enhance employee and student participation in the university’s decision-making process. She specifically noted Speck’s leadership as the university responded to a storm-ravaged community.
“The Board believes Dr. Speck understands trends in higher education and the needs of MSSU’s students, and that he sees opportunities for the university to serve its constituents even more effectively,” said Buchanan. “We feel he is prepared to lead the organization into an innovative future.”