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Friday, June 17, 2011
MSSU Board extends Bruce Speck's contract through June 2013
(From the Missouri Southern State University's Public Relations Department)
Following what Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors Chair Dr. Sherry L. Buchanan characterized as a “positive, forward-looking discussion and evaluation of the President,” Dr. Bruce Speck’s contract as President was extended for one additional year.
The president’s contract now extends through June 2013.
“The terms of the contract are the same terms and conditions as the existing contract,” Dr. Buchanan stated. Dr. Speck’s salary will remain unchanged.
The president’s annual evaluation conducted in executive session came after the Board’s regular meeting held Thursday, June 16.
Following the closed session, Board members noted the University’s positive role in recent disaster recovery efforts, and significant and positive progress related to the institution’s strategic planning and shared governance initiatives.
The Board also noted Dr. Speck’s leadership by building strong student support systems, developing campus leadership programs, and encouraging innovative learning strategies through online programs and other means, as well as his management of the budget despite unprecedented economic constraints and state budget cuts.
“Dr. Speck’s leadership and community involvement have benefited the campus, but those attributes were critical to support disaster recovery efforts by the University over the last few weeks,” stated Dr. Buchanan. "In addition, the President and his team have effectively managed the unprecedented budget challenges.”
“The bottom line is that Dr. Speck has met the expectations of the Board,” Dr. Buchanan stated. “His goals to continue to build a University that serves the long-term interests of the students, the community, the region and the State of Missouri, and to promote the high quality education available at Missouri Southern are the goals of the Board. We are looking to the future and we believe Dr. Speck is providing solid and steady leadership,” the Board Chair said.
The Board annually reviews the performance of the President.