Details announced for 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.
Matt Morris, vice president for administrative services on the Springfield campus, will lead the search committee to replace Bennett.
Missouri State President Clif Smart announced the members of the search committee.
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
This will be a national search aided by a reputable search firm to be announced.
An online survey is available to gather input in the selection of the new chancellor. All interested parties are invited to complete the survey. The survey will close on Oct. 16.
President Smart will meet with the search committee on Oct. 25 on the West Plains campus. He will share his vision and charge for the search with the committee.
Following the search committee meeting, the West Plains campus and community are invited to a town hall meeting from 2-3 p.m. in Melton 112.
Based on results from the survey, Smart will share attributes the campus and community would like to see in the next chancellor.
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.