Bruce W. Speck, Ph.D., was the 4th president in Missouri Southern State University's history as a four-year institution.
He was named president in January 2008 and began his duties at Missouri Southern on Feb. 4, 2008. His tenure at the University ended in the spring of 2013.
Prior to being named MSSU president, Dr. Speck was Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tenn., one of six universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents System. From 2001-2005, Dr. Speck served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and tenured Professor of English at APSU.
Dr. Speck was chosen with the unanimous approval of the Board of Governors and the Search Committee as well as a vote of confidence from the MSSU Faculty Senate.
Before joining APSU, Dr. Speck served at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of English and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1999-2000) and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English (2000-2001).
Dr. Speck's academic credentials include a Ph.D. in English with emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1980-1984), a Master of Arts in English from Wayne State College in Nebraska (1978-1980), and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado (1973-1975).
He and his wife, Carmen, have three grown children, Heidi, Ryan and Rose-Marie.