Mo. Southern names new president

Sunday, January 20, 2008

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Missouri Southern State University has named Bruce W. Speck as its new president.

Speck succeeds Julio Leon, who retired in August after 25 years leading the institution.

The university's board of governors announced the selection of Speck during a news conference Friday.

Board member David Jones said Speck's expertise with enrollment made him an attractive candidate to address the university's challenges, including decreased enrollment. Speck is the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., and had talked about how enrollment was increased at that institution, Jones said.

"Whether it was hiring recruiters or campus beautification, he had expertise with it," Jones said.

Speck will begin his new job by March 1, said Dwight Douglas, chairman of the board of governors.

Speck said he was honored to be chosen.

"There is an added luster being the president of Missouri Southern. This is a wonderful school with great leadership," Speck said.

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