Our Opinion: Southern shows signs of long-term improvement

After focusing efforts on the construction of a new residence hall complex and baseball field, it seems one of Southern’s most major construction periods has finally come to an end, but if Southern’s administration has anything to say about it, these recent construction projects will only be the beginning of the University’s surge in improvement projects. Despite the slow progress, Missouri Southern’s Reynolds Hall renovation efforts have proven to be yet another sign of good things to come for the University.

With the gaze now shifted toward the academic side of campus, these efforts to begin renovating Reynolds Hall, Southern’s most outdated facility on campus, is the first real testament to improving the quality of education for Missouri Southern students. The success of this project could shape the  future of renovation projects for all academic facilities, which will become increasingly necessary as time goes on and more programs of study begin to show their age.

In addition to pursuing state funds for Reynolds Hall, Southern recently named former Pittsburg State vice president of university advancement Brad Hodson executive vice president at Southern and executive director of the Missouri Southern Foundation. Hodson has been an integral part of significant university fundraising campaigns (including the successful leadership of Pitt State’s $120 million dollar capital campaign) in the past. Alan Marble, University president, remarked in a recent press release announcing Hodson’s appointment that he is uniquely qualified to strengthen Southern’s fundraising efforts.

With Hodson on board, expect administration to start putting his skill set to good use almost immediately as more fundraising projects and improvement efforts begin to take shape.