Missouri State University - West Plains

Chuck Campbell, BS

Chuck Campbell

Hometown: Mansfield, MO

Currently Resides: Columbia, MO

Occupation: Services Delivery Manager for IBM

Academic Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Computer Information Science, Southwest Baptist University-Bolivar, 2001
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies, Missouri State University-West Plains, 1998

Family Information:

Married to Natalie; we have two sons, Landen and Kellen.

Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?

I attended school on athletic and academic scholarships. I was recruited for the basketball program, and I had friends who were on the basketball team there and had gone there in prior years. (Campbell was named an NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American for 1997-1998 and graduated with honors. He also was selected as the 1998 Outstanding Student of the Year at Missouri State University-West Plains and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.)

How did the West Plains Campus help you accomplish your goals?

The school and the community really helped me learn how to work and communicate with people. I remember the friendliness of the staff who worked there and of community members. The whole community supports the school.

Were you involved on campus during your time here?

I worked in the computer lab as a coordinator, and I was involved in several community events as a part of the basketball team.

What are your fondest memories of your time at the West Plains Campus?

The people, first and foremost. West Plains is just a fabulous community, to the point I've thought about moving back into the area. The staff was great, and the teachers were always willing to help. From a basketball standpoint, I remember there was a packed gym every night we had a game, with no empty seats to be had.

How would you sum up your experience at Missouri State-West Plains?

It was a wonderful experience, and I would definitely recommend the school to anyone who asked me about it. It is a very close-knit school, and I came from a very close-knit high school. Sometimes the jump to college can be overwhelming when you come from a smaller school, and I would say that Missouri State University-West Plains offers a good migration from a small school to a big university.

Do you have any advice for potential students?

Get involved as much as you can with opportunities at school outside of the campus. It's more than a classroom. Ask yourself how you can help grow the community, as well as the school.

Recent professional achievements:

Having worked for IBM since 2001, starting out in Rochester, Minnesota, I have been an integral part of a team bringing jobs to Missouri. The IBM Technical Delivery Services Center in Columbia opened in November 2010. IBM expects to create up to 800 technical professional jobs at the Columbia center by the end of 2012.