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MSSU Board of Governors name Dr. Marble interim-president


Updated June 21, 2013:  Missouri Southern names its temporary university president as the search for a permanent leader get underway.  MSSU's Board of Governors named Dr. Alan Marble in a unanimous vote on Thursday.

Board officials say Dr. Marble will have an open-ended contract in case the search takes more than a year.

Dr. Marble himself refused to say if he would seek the job full-time.  He did say he will not put someone in the Assistant to the President position for which he was originally hired, saying that salary would be needed for the interim post.

Dr. Marble starts in his new position on July 1.



Updated June 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM CST by Lisa Olliges:  The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors began a meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. to discuss the selection of an interim-president.

The board announced its settlement with former President Dr. Bruce Speck on Wednesday.

Alan Marble was to step in July 1 as an Assistant to the President attended the board's open meeting on Wednesday.  Then the board went into closed session.

We'll have the latest on the board's decision on Speck's temporary replacement as soon as we learn more.


Updated June 19, 2013:  According to the General Release and Settlement Agreement between Missouri Southern and former President, Dr. Bruce Speck, the university agrees to pay Speck the following:

  • a monthly housing allowance of $3,333.33 through December 2013
  • $185,400 in monthly installments beginning July 2013
  • MSSU will compensate Speck for his 160 hours of accrued vacation, in the amount of $14,261.53

News release from Missouri Southern State University:

Joplin, MO (SNS) - The Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors voted to approve a settlement agreement on Wednesday that ends the contract with former MSSU President, Dr. Bruce Speck.

The agreement was approved in an executive session at the Law Offices of Blanchard, Robertson, Mitchell & Carter, PC in Joplin.

"This resolution allows the university and Dr. Speck to move forward," said Ron Mitchell, an attorney for the Board of Governors. "It is a positive resolution for the university."

The Board of Governors will announce an interim president in the near future.



Updated June 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM CST by Lisa Olliges:  The Missouri Southern Board of Governors call a closed meeting one day after announcing Dr. Bruce Speck is no longer President.

Administrators at MSSU say the first order of business for the Board of Governors is to name an interim president.

Day-to-day operations at MSSU continue with the President's Council in charge.

MSSU Vice President of Development Jo Ann Graffam says the budget is already set and the summer is usually a time for planning.  University officials say most decisions are in the hands of the Board of Governors which dictates the process for a new president to replace Dr. Speck.

But the board is expected to create a search committee to get input in the search for a new permanent president.

"It is very typical for a search committee to involve people from different audiences people from the governing body, from direct reports, from faculty, students - that's very typical, who exactly is going to be on that  committee at this point and time I don't know," says Graffam.

The Board of Governors have scheduled a closed meeting for Wednesday at 4 p.m.  On Thursday the Board of Governors will have an open meeting at 4 p.m. on the MSSU campus.


Updated June 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM CST:  Dr. Bruce Speck is no longer president of Missouri Southern State University.

Dr. Speck's contract was due to expire in 2015 but a spokesperson for the university says the MSSU Board of Governors met at least twice over the past several weeks to discuss Speck's annual evaluation and voted unanimously on Friday to end the relationship with Speck.

At that point the board had 72 hours to officially confirm with Speck and his attorneys the decision had been made.  The board officially made the notification on Monday afternoon.

In a news release issued Monday, MSSU said are ending their relationship by mutual agreement but did not elaborate on the reason.

MSSU Community Relations Director Cassie Mathes tells us the university will launch a nationwide search for a new president but first an interim president will be named and probably, very soon.

"We have a group of vice presidents and other administrators, our President's Council and the Board of Governors and they will work to guide the university through this transition period until an interim president is announced," says Mathes.

Mathes tells us no contract has been signed but an announcement concerning an interim president could come before the end of the week.

Speck had been Missouri Southern's president since 2008.

"We thank him for the positive initiatives he implemented during his tenure," says Board of Governor's Chair Sherry Buchanan in the news release.


Posted June 17, 2013:  News release from Missouri Southern State University:

JOPLIN,MO (SNS) - Dr. Sherry Buchanan, chair of the Board of Governors at MissouriSouthern State University, announced today Dr. Bruce Speck is no longerPresident of the University.

Aroll call vote during an executive session on June 14, 2013 was unanimous, with all members participating and in favor of the action.

Theparties are ending their relationship by mutual agreement.

"Wethank him for the positive initiatives he implemented during his tenure,"Buchanan said.

SinceDr. Speck took office at Missouri Southern in 2008, he led several initiativesincluding improving the University's financial position, creating a strategicplan, developing a master facilities plan and implementing programprioritization.

Aninterim president will be named in the near future.

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