The immediate past president of the Board of Governors, Dwight Douglas, said Friday that he had received about 30 signatures on a petition showing support for Speck and the university.
Douglas said the petition originated among a group of Joplin “business leaders,” but he would not identify them.
“I’ve not been out obtaining signatures,” he said. “Some business leaders obtained signatures and said here’s some petitions to provide to the board. The bottom line is there’s just a lot of support in this community for Dr. Speck.”
Douglas also said he has received several phone calls expressing support for Speck, and that he asked the callers to personally write letters for the board to review at the next meeting.
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