MSSU VP Parsons accepts new position
August 19, 2011
JOPLIN - Missouri Southern State University Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation Dr. Mark Parsons has accepted the position of vice chancellor for university advancement and marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI, it was announced today (Thursday, Aug. 18).

He has been at MSSU since November 2009. Parsons' resignation is effective September 30. The university will begin a national search to replace Dr. Parsons, MSSU President Bruce W. Speck said. "We are sorry we are losing such a fine administrator as Mark, but we wish him well in his new post."

"This was not an easy decision for me, but I will be closer to grandchildren and family with this move and that is always a strong motivator for these decisions," Parsons stated. "The medical needs of our family and a desire to be closer to our children and grandchildren make this opportunity perfect for this time in my career."

Since coming to Missouri Southern, Parsons directed efforts that resulted in two substantial seven-figure gifts to the Foundation from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation for athletic facilities.

"While it will be difficult to leave such wonderful colleagues at Missouri Southern, I am very excited about this new leadership position at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I have deeply appreciated President Speck's leadership and vision in expanding the role of private philanthropy, and also his strong support for me personally," Parsons stated.

"As we look for the next vice president, we will continue to focus on developing strong and aggressive fundraising capabilities that are greatly needed to support the University and its mission to serve the students of this region and the state of Missouri," Speck concluded.

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