Missouri State University-West Plains Chancellor Search
Missouri State University announced in August that Missouri State University-West Plains Chancellor Drew A. Bennett will retire at the end of the spring 2018 semester.
The members of the committee are:
- Matt Morris, Chair
- Amy Ackerson, West Plains faculty
- Bruce Cavitt, West Plains staff
- Josh Cotter, West Plains community
- Kay Garrett, West Plains community/West Plains faculty emeritus
- Emily Gibson, West Plains community
- Jennifer Moore, West Plains community
- Jill Patterson, System Title IX officer
- Rajiv Thakur, West Plains faculty
- Angela Totty, West Plains staff
- Jerry Trick, West Plains faculty
- Madison Wiehe, West Plains student
- Kelly Wood, Springfield faculty
An online survey was used to gather input in the selection of the new chancellor. All interested parties were invited to complete the survey. The survey closed on Oct. 16.
President Smart met with the search committee on Oct. 25 on the West Plains campus. He shared his vision and charge for the search with the committee.
Following the search committee meeting, members from the West Plains campus and community attended a town hall meeting in Melton Hall. President Smart shared attributes the campus and community would like to see in the next chancellor based on the survey results.
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Smart said he hopes to have a new chancellor selected by spring 2018.
Missouri State University-West Plains
Missouri State University-West Plains is one of three campuses within the Missouri State University System. The West Plains campus is a teaching and learning institution of higher education offering two-year Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, certificates and other courses as needed by employers and citizens of the area served.
The college provides a liberal arts transfer curriculum at the freshman and sophomore levels and selected occupational programs, as well as extended learning opportunities through online courses and campuses in Mountain Grove and at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, China, the latter of which is made possible through Missouri State University's existing branch campus at LNU. The campus also provides advanced technical training through the Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT), a partnership between the University, the City of West Plains, and the West Plains R-7 School District's South Central Career Center that was developed to provide advanced, hands-on manufacturing training to individuals – from high school age through adulthood – who are looking to expand their skills in a technical field.
A full college experience with quality instruction in a relaxed, personal atmosphere is the hallmark of Missouri State-West Plains. The campus promotes academic and personal success for students through small classes, personalized attention, educational support services and numerous opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.