...Who would have thought otherwise?
July 02, 2016
During a job-performance review held in closed session earlier this month, the Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin voted to extend the contract for MSSU President Dr. Alan Marble through June 2019.

“We are very pleased to have Alan as the president of Missouri Southern,” said Glenn M. McCumber, who was recently named as chair of the Board of Governors. “He, along with the faculty and staff, have done a tremendous job in leading the university. There are a lot of opportunities ahead of us, and he is definitely the man for the job.”

Marble was named Missouri Southern’s fifth president in June 2013, after having served for nearly a year as the university’s interim president. Among the advancements made during his tenure are the $14 million residence hall complex, the North End Zone Facility, a new baseball stadium and the current Reynolds Hall renovation project.

The university has also created an exclusive partnership with Kansas City University to guarantee up to 25 students admission to KCU’s new Joplin medical school at the same time as their acceptance to Missouri Southern. Plans are also underway to bring a dental school to campus.

“I’m grateful for the confidence on the part of the Board of Governors to receive an extended contract as president of this university,” said Marble. “It is my honor to continue to serve our outstanding students, faculty and staff and to be part of advancing the role that Missouri Southern plays in the region.”

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