The board chairman praised Speck for not doing anything stupid like giving raises to employees.
From Speck's press agent, the Joplin Globe:
Board chairwoman Sherry Buchanan said she and the rest of the board are “very proud” of the work Speck and his administration have done during the past year.
“Dr. Speck has met the board’s expectations during a very difficult year for the university and the Joplin community,” Buchanan said in a prepared statement.
Those difficulties, she said in an interview with the media later Thursday night, included a decline in state funding and a decrease in student enrollment, which was attributed to the May 22, 2011, tornado. She praised Speck for his “tough decisions,” such as not giving pay raises and eliminating or not filling positions on campus when finances were tight.
The Globe article includes the following statement:
The board interviewed community leaders, Missouri Southern faculty and staff members, and employees who report directly to Speck. It also considered written evaluations of Speck from individual board members and from those who work directly under the president, she said.
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