Board chair announces administrative change

Press Release

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – Dr. Sherry Buchanan, chair of the Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University, announced today Dr. Bruce Speck is no longer President of the University.


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


The parties are ending their relationship by mutual agreement.


“We thank him for the positive initiatives he implemented during his tenure,” Buchanan said.


Since Dr. Speck took office at Missouri Southern in 2008, he led several initiatives including improving the University’s financial position, creating a strategic plan, developing a master facilities plan and implementing program prioritization.


An interim president will be named in the near future.


Cassie Mathes

Director, University Relations and Marketing