Officers of the University
The administrative organization of Missouri State University shall consist of the following offices and organizations.
The president is the chief executive officer of the University, responsible to the Board of Governors for the administration of all policies adopted by the Board and for the execution of all acts of the Board.
Chief of staff/assistant to the president for government relations
The chief of staff/assistant to the president for government relations assists the president in management and operations of the President’s office and serves as the director of Missouri Governmental Relations.
The general counsel provides legal advice and consultation to the Board of Governors, University president, the administration and faculty, and represents the University system before University-system hearing bodies as well as administrative and judicial bodies of the United States, the State of Missouri, Greene County and Springfield. The general counsel reviews and recommends institutional policies and procedures, reviews and prepares contracts and other legal documents, and provides legal opinions to University committees and councils as directed by the Board of Governors or the University president.
The legal counsel serves as the assistant to the University’s general counsel for the University by providing legal advice or consultation to the Board of Governors, the University president, the administration and faculty through administrative channels and reviewing and recommending institutional policies, procedures, guidelines and other documents as needed, with special emphasis on student affairs issues.
Director of athletics
The director of athletics is responsible for administering the University’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Director of internal audit and compliance
The director of internal audit and compliance is responsible to the Board of Governors for administering the internal audit activity of the University by directing audits of academic and administrative departments and activities and by developing a comprehensive, practical program of audit coverage for the University. The director of internal audit and compliance also oversees operational risk management, coordinates compliance efforts throughout the University, and investigates compliance lapses and allegations of wrongdoing.
Chancellor of the West Plains Campus
The chancellor of the West Plains Campus is responsible for the overall administration of the West Plains Campus and Shannon Hall in Mountain Grove, including the academic programs, faculty and staff personnel matters, financial affairs, student life, athletics, physical plant and as liaison to the various publics of the campus.
Provost and chancellor of the research campus at Mountain Grove
The provost is the senior academic officer of the University. Responsibilities include the overall direction, development and administration of academic affairs, and the research campus at Mountain Grove. Academic affairs include all academic and scholarly programs of the University, including the six academic colleges, the Graduate College, the Honors College, library services, the William H. Darr School of Agriculture and academic outreach.
The associate provosts serve as deputies to the provost in all functions, with special responsibility for faculty, undergraduate programs and studies, student success and public affairs, and academic outreach.
Associate provost and dean of the Graduate College
The associate provost and dean of the Graduate College is part of the leadership team for academic affairs. Responsibilities are to oversee the administration of the Graduate College, including budgets, graduate recruitment, student admissions, and graduate assistantships. This officer works to ensure quality education programs, promotes student and faculty research, and is a primary liaison in communicating and developing collaboration across graduate programs, the other colleges, and the School of Agriculture.
Director of the William H. Darr School of Agriculture
The director of the Darr School of Agriculture is responsible for managing the academic units, faculty and students of the School. These responsibilities include organizing and directing the effective operations of facilities beyond the immediate Springfield campus that include the William H. Darr Agricultural Center Expansion (90 acres), the State Fruit Experiment Station at Mountain Grove (190 acres), the Journagan Ranch (3,300 acres), Shealy Farm (250 acres), Bakers Acres (75 acres) and other such operational units that are assigned to this School. Responsibilities include budgeting and budget control for these facilities and the academic operations that include extensive community outreach. The director of the Darr School of Agriculture provides the leadership for faculty and staff employment and development, student recruitment, retention and advisement; and research direction for the faculty and the Centers of this School.
Each of the college deans is responsible for the administration of one of the six discipline-based colleges. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, student advisement, collegiate budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, fundraising and advancement, and general supervision of the scholarship, research, creative activity, instructional and service activities of the college.
Dean of library services
The dean of library services is responsible for administering library facilities, resources and services within the University. The dean also serves as head of the department of library science.
Director of institutional research
The director of institutional research provides information that supports institutional planning, policy formulation and decision-making.
Department heads and directors of schools within a college
Each department head is responsible for administering one of the academic departments of the University. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, student advisement, departmental budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, fundraising and advancement, and general supervision of the scholarship, research and creative activity of the department. The director of a school within a college is expected to fulfill the same role as a department head.
Vice president for administrative and information services
The vice president for administrative and information services ensures prompt and effective delivery of essential services to support the University’s mission of producing educated persons by developing goals and objectives, establishing priorities, allocating resources, reviewing and approving unit plans, and designing systems of effective control to guide work toward expected outcomes. The vice president for administrative and information services has administrative responsibility for facilities management, planning, design and construction, safety and transportation, computer services, environmental management, University Staff Ambassadors and human resources.
Associate vice president for administrative and information services
The associate vice president for administrative and information services assists the vice president for administrative and information services by providing leadership in administrative and information services to support the development of educated persons and extends the vice president’s range of communication, coordination and supervision. The associate vice president interprets/provides leadership and guidance and integrates the collective efforts of environmental management, facilities management, planning, design and construction, postal services, printing services and the University facilities analyst. The associate vice president assures good stewardship of University resources, performs other duties as the vice president may direct and serves in the role of the vice president in his/her absence.
University architect and director of planning, design and construction
The university architect and director of planning, design and construction is responsible for development of all construction projects undertaken by the University and develops long-range and detailed plans to meet the academic and support needs of the University.
Director of facilities management
The director of facilities management is the chief administrator of the department of facilities management, which includes facilities maintenance, the work management center, grounds and custodial services departments and is responsible for management of the University’s buildings, facilities and grounds.
University facilities analyst
The University facilities analyst provides comprehensive facilities planning assistance to all units of the University, ensuring maximum utilization of physical space resources and serves as the University’s facilities database administrator.
Director of safety and transportation
The director of safety and transportation coordinates efficient transportation services and the maintenance of a safe and secure campus.
Chief information officer/director of computer services
The chief information officer/director of computer services is responsible for system-wide planning, management, security and coordination of the computing and telecommunications resources of the Missouri State System, and provides automation support for academic and administrative computing needs.
Director of environmental management
The director of environmental management coordinates the acquisition, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemical materials, proper handling of select agents, assists the radiation safety officer (RSO) with radiation safety for all Missouri State University campuses and works collaboratively with administration, faculty, staff and students to assist in developing, coordinating and promoting recycling in academic buildings on the Springfield campus to reduce the University’s impact on the environment.
Director of human resources
The director of human resources provides leadership and direction for recruitment and employment services, benefits management and counseling, salary administration and job evaluation, affirmative action issues, training and development, records management, labor and employee relations, and human resource information systems for the University.
Vice president for student affairs
The vice president for student affairs is the chief student-personnel officer of the University and advises the president on all matters pertaining to non-academic student life. The vice president serves as the senior executive officer responsible for providing leadership and general management of units in the division: enrollment management, student life activities and assistant vice president, the dean of students office, student academic support, student health and wellness, student engagement, recreation services and Bookstore auxiliary services.
Assistant vice president for student life and director of Plaster Student Union
The assistant vice president for student life and director of Plaster Student Union provides vision and strategic direction to departments and programs within the student life area of the student affairs division: Plaster Student Union (including PSU food, retail operations and administration, student engagement and event and meeting services), residence life, housing and dining services and campus recreation, and promotes collaborative and joint programming among assigned departments in support of the overall mission and goals of the division and University. The assistant vice president for student life and director of Plaster Student Union coordinates and implements divisional initiatives such as staff development, New Student Convocation, assessment, strategic planning and other duties as assigned by the vice president for student affairs.
Dean of students
The dean of students is responsible for the administration of the office of student conduct, of the code of student rights and responsibilities and the parking appeals administrator. The dean of students is responsible for campus judicial affairs. Under the direction of the vice president for student affairs, the dean of students shares responsibility for the development, implementation and administration of policies and procedures affecting students.
Associate vice president for enrollment management and services
The associate vice president for enrollment management is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan for both prospective and current students, the delivery of financial aid services, the registrar’s office research support, and oversees the directors of admissions, student financial aid and registrar along with other personnel supporting services to students seeking to enroll at the University.
Assistant vice president for student academic support services
The assistant vice president for student academic support services is responsible for the coordination of all student academic support services provided by the units of career services and the Counseling and Testing Center.
Director, health and wellness services
The director of health and wellness services exercises full management responsibility for the operation of Taylor Health and Wellness Center and other University health and wellness programs, provides administrative and management support for other University units and clinics, such as the University’s Physical Therapy Clinic, and serves as the University’s HIPAA privacy officer. The director’s responsibilities include planning, organizing, staffing, budgeting, monitoring and assessing outcomes, and providing strong leadership for the staff of Taylor Health and Wellness Center.
Vice president for diversity and inclusion
The vice president for diversity and inclusion is responsible for coordinating executive efforts to establish “diversity and inclusive excellence” as core value throughout all aspects of the University community, to support the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, and to work with units at all levels of the institution to promote consistency of diversity processes and procedures to positively impact organizational effectiveness, employee and student development, and community relations.
Director of institutional equity and compliance
The director of institutional equity and compliance is responsible for monitoring MSU’s compliance with federal, state and institutional policy guidelines that promote a non-discriminatory and harassment-free environment. Direct oversight is provided for investigating complaints of discrimination or harassment; making policy recommendations; advising units about hiring policies and processes; offering mandated training with the University community; ensuring educational and/or workplace support services for persons with disabilities; and monitoring departmental compliance with the University’s affirmative action initiatives.
Assistant vice president for multicultural services
The primary duty of the assistant vice president for multicultural services is to provide leadership and support for the establishment and administration of multicultural student recruiting initiatives and the development and administration of departments and programs that serve the needs of multicultural and diverse student populations. Responsibilities include direct supervision of multicultural services, TRiO programs and retention services.
Vice president for marketing and communications
The vice president for marketing and communications has responsibility for overall communications, research-based messaging, marketing, and branding activity for the University. The vice president oversees the areas of university communications, publications, photographic services, Web and new media, and athletics communications. In addition to leading the University’s central team of marketing and communications professionals, the vice president provides strategic direction and coordinates marketing and communications produced by other academic and administrative units.
Vice president for University advancement
The vice president for University advancement is the chief advancement officer for the University and advises the president on all matters pertaining to the management and operation of University development and alumni relations, as well as community and donor relations. The vice president for University advancement also serves as the executive director for the Missouri State University Foundation, a private nonprofit organization which raises funds to benefit the University. The vice president has responsibility for the following administrative units and functions: development, alumni relations and the Kenneth E. Meyer Alumni Center.
Executive director of development
The executive director of development is responsible for the creation of plans, implementation of strategies and supervision of fund-raising programs of the University. The executive director of development supervises staff in constituent fundraising positions, donor relations, annual funds, major and planned gifts, and prospect research.
Executive director of alumni relations
The executive director of alumni relations is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive program of activities designed to inform alumni and keep them involved with the University, serves as chairperson for the Homecoming committee, plans class reunions and implements special events to recognize outstanding alumni, coordinates the alumni chapter network and serves as advisor to R.E.A.L. Bears (student alumni group) and as the class notes editor for the alumni magazine.
Executive director, athletic and entertainment facilities
The primary duty of the executive director, athletic and entertainment facilities, is management of Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts (JKHHPA) and JQH Arena; however the executive director also has administrative oversight responsibilities for Hammons Student Center (HSC) and Plaster Sports Complex (PSC).
Chief financial officer
The chief financial officer is the senior executive officer responsible for financial services, which consist of accounting, investing, budgeting, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, credit management, budget control, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, student loan collection, procurement and the bursar’s office. The chief financial officer exercises a major responsibility for the accounting and investing of the Missouri State University Foundation and the Missouri State University Development Corporation, and serves as the treasurer of the Board of Governors and the Missouri State University Foundation.
The bursar is responsible for the collection of all moneys received by the University and provides a check cashing service for currently enrolled students, faculty and staff.
The controller is responsible for the daily accounting functions of the University, which includes accounts payable, financial aid disbursements, general ledger updating, bursar’s office, cash management programs, investments, auditing, coordination of the collection of student loans and other accounts, and the Perkins Loan Program. The controller assists in compiling the annual financial report and assesses the effectiveness of computer support systems to ensure that proper accounting standards and principles and procedures are followed during the daily updating of financial records and to facilitate the reporting process.
Director of procurement services
The director of procurement services is the University's agent for acquiring all materials, services, supplies, equipment, and real property; supervises the University's insurance and risk management programs; and provides leadership and direction for central receiving, warehousing, property control, and vending and concessions operations.
Vice president for research, economic development and international programs
The vice president for research, economic development and international programs is responsible for the following administrative units and functions: general manager KSMU and Ozarks Public Television, international programs, office of China programs, the Jordan Valley Innovation Center, the Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development and the office of research administration. The vice president for research, economic development and international programs advises the president on all matters pertaining to the operation and management of University research, economic development activities and international programs. The vice president for research, economic development and international programs is responsible for all University-wide, externally-generated grants and contracts, and provides the administrative leadership to the University community in supporting the University’s mission for enhancement of research and economic development through technology transfer, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and federal relations.
Associate vice president for economic development and director of JVIC
The associate vice president for economic development and director of JVIC is responsible for coordinating the resources of the federal, state, and local governments with the resources of Missouri State University to promote business and industrial growth by coupling entrepreneurship with research and innovation. Units reporting to the associate vice president for economic development and director of JVIC include the Jordan Valley Innovation Center, the e-Factory, the Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Management Development Institute. The associate vice president for economic development and director of JVIC also serves as the CEO of Springfield Innovation, Inc.
General manager KSMU and Ozarks Public Television
The general manager KSMU and Ozarks Public Television is responsible for strategic planning and visioning for the Missouri State University Public Broadcast Service, establishing operational and budgetary guidelines for the University’s radio and television stations, ensuring the stations’ support for the University’s educational mission, the statewide mission in public affairs and regional themes.
Associate vice president, international programs
The associate vice president, international programs, is responsible for leadership and oversight of all international programs, including international services (IS), study away programs, the English Language Institute (ELI), the Foreign Language Institute and the International Leadership and Development Center. The associate vice president, international programs, represents international programs (ELI, IS and study away) in an administrative capacity, oversees budgets for each program and serves as liaison to the greater local and campus communities. The associate vice president, international programs, is responsible for international student recruitment for the University and developing associated advertising and promotion strategies. The associate vice president, international programs, directs the activities of the China Campus, including implementation of approved administrative policies and procedures and coordination of system-wide support for faculty and students.
Director of research administration
The primary duty of the director of research administration is to ensure that University-based research, education and service activities are planned and conducted in accordance with federal and state regulations in the areas of human subjects’ protection, care and use of animals, biosafety, radiation safety and export control. The director of research administration assures that University policies and procedures are consistent with applicable regulations and coordinates committees involved in overseeing activities related to these compliance areas.
Information security officer
The information security officer (ISO) ensures the confidentiality, integrity and availability of University electronic information by communicating risk to senior administration, creating and maintaining enforceable policies and supporting processes, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.
The Administrative Council is chaired by the president. The council includes the provost, the vice presidents, the chancellor of the West Plains Campus, the chief of staff and assistant to the president, the chief financial officer, the director of internal audit and compliance, the secretary to the Board of Governors, one college dean, the director of athletics, executive director of athletics and entertainment facilities, and the general counsel. When appropriate to the agenda for a particular meeting, others may be invited as guests. The Administrative Council discusses items of University-wide interest.