Admissions Office

Derek SkaggsDerek Skaggs

Director of Admissions

 Phone: 417.625.9537
Office: Hearnes Hall 106B


  • Recruiting Specialty: Home schooled students, change of residency status, athletics, Joplin, College Heights, McAuley
  • Alma Mater: University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB)
  •  Why should a student choose MSSU? MSSU is the right size: not too big or too small. Our class sizes average 20-25 so you will know your professor and others in your class. Our facilities offer a terrific educational environment in a safe, secure hometown setting. Check out our new, state of the art Health Professions building where students are taught in true clinical labs and the Beimdiek Recreation Center's opportunities for recreation and health services.
  • My best admission advice:  I've been in admissions a long time and I'm "old school".  I still think admissions is about finding the right fit for you and what you want out of your college experience.  Take time to visit the campus. Spend the day meeting students and faculty to make sure a school can be the best place for you. Also, be sure to complete the financial aid process EARLY - before April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
  •  What is your favorite movie?  I'm a BIG John Wayne fan, as you will see if you visit my office, so The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is my favorite movie.
  •  What is your favorite food?  Anything Mexican.
  •  Who is your role model?  My parents - they are wonderful parents and terrific grandparents.
  •  What is your favorite book and author?  Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck