Davis considers appointment to BOG ‘greatest honor’

It’ll add to the resumé, but for Douglas Davis, publisher of The Lamar Democrat, it is the greatest honor of his life.

“I believe in service to the community and giving back,” he said. “I want to do the best that I can for the community and the students.”

Davis, has been appointed to the Board of Governors until Aug. 30, 2014 and will succeed Jane Wyman, who’s term expired in August.

“He’s a dedicated supporter of Southern and I think he’s a really fine selection,” Wyman said. “I miss being there and I love that University but I really do believe that turnover is good for that Board.”

Among his many positions as a community leader, serving on the Joplin Regional Airport Board, Ozark Press Association, Barton County Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Press Association.Douglas also served on the Missouri Southern Foundation Board for 18 years.

“He’s a good guy,” said Curt Betebenner, director of the Missouri Southern Foundation. “He’s always been a gentleman and he’s easy at work with.

“When you have someone with that much board experience; when you have discussions, when you have to make those decisions, it’s nice to have someone who is so well rounded.”

Davis’ appointment to the Board is subject to approval by the state legislature, however Davis says he has no idea who nominated him for the Board.

In a year where recruitment and retention are of special importance, Wyman believes the selection of governors from across the area is essential.

“I’m glad they picked somebody from Barton County,” she said. “We need to be recruiting and representing in areas other than Jasper and Newton county.”

Davis said he believes in giving back to the community. He will bring his background in financial management and his planning experience to the Board.

“I’m going to start reading the financials right away,” Davis said.

He was notified of his appointment by the Governor’s office on Sept. 29, he was asked to submit his application approximately a week before.

Personally, Davis said, he wants to see the University have a stronger presence in the Joplin area by taking green and gold Lion pride displays to the city and surrounding area.

“I’m a great fan of Southern – obviously,” he said.