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Meet the Staff

Contact the Student Success Center and Disability Services. 

Students waiting in the Success Center

An image of Stephanie Hopkins, the director of Student Success Center.Stephanie Hopkins, Ed.S., Director

Ms. Hopkins has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from Missouri Southern State University, a Master of Science in Human Resource Development and a Specialist in Education with an Emphasis in Industrial Education from Pittsburg State University.  Before becoming the Director of the Student Success Center in 2011, she held previous positions at MSSU as a Financial Aid Counselor, Student Accounts Manager, and Academic Support Specialist.  In addition, she has taught the University Experience Class, College Academic Skills, Tutor Training, and Leadership and Professional Development classes.  She has over 19 years of experience in higher education.   Ms. Hopkins serves on various committees on campus including the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Assessment Advisory Committee.  She oversees the general operation of the Student Success Center.  In 2013, she received the Superior Service Award from MSSU.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new places, yoga, and shopping.

Email: Hopkins-S@MSSU.EDU

Room: Hearnes Hall Room 301M

Phone: 417-625-9670

Fax: 417-659-4456

This is a picture of Debra Fort, the academic skills specialist at the student success center.Debra Fort, Ed.D., Academic Skills Specialist

Dr. Debbie Fort holds an Ed.D. from St. Louis University in Educational Leadership.  She has an EdS in Administration from Missouri State University, a MS in Counseling from PSU, and a BS in Education from Missouri Southern.   Before joining the Student Success Center as the Academic Skills Specialist in August 2013, she served as a public school administrator, counselor and teacher for 33 years.  She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, and MSSU for several years.  Outside of work, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her grandchildren, and traveling.  She also serves on the Boards for the Alliance of Southwest Missouri, National Alliance of Mental Health Joplin, and the Joplin School Board of Education.


Room: Hearnes Hall Room 301C

Phone: 417-625-9558

Fax: 417-659-4456

A picture of Lori Musser, the Coordinator of Student Disability Services in the Student Success Center at MSSU.Lori Musser, Ed.S., Coordinator of Student Disability Services

Mrs. Musser holds a BS degree in Education from Missouri Southern, and a Master of Science in Counseling and one in Educational Administration, both from Missouri State University.  She also holds her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, also from Missouri State University.  Before becoming the Coordinator of Student Disability Services in August, 2012, Mrs. Musser spent 25 years as a public school educator in the Joplin, Missouri area.  Mrs. Musser is excited about her second career in higher education and passionate about helping students with disabilities have full access to all university experiences.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, fishing and being a Grandma.


Room: Hearnes Hall Room 301N

Phone: 417-625-9516

Fax: 417-625-4456

A picture of Glenda O'Dell, a secretary for the Student Success Center at MSSU.Glenda O'Dell, Administrative Assistant

Glenda O’Dell is the Administrative Assistant in the Student Success Center and has held this position since August 2010.  She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in General Studies with a minor in Graphic Design.  She serves as a public official in the state of Missouri and Kansas as a Notary Public. Glenda enjoys working with all the students but, especially our tutors and note takers.  Glenda enjoys traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.


Room: Hearnes Hall Room 301F

Phone: 417-659-3725

Fax: 417-659-4456