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Search Committee

The members of the 20-person Presidential Search Committee were recommended to the Board of Governors at its March 30 meeting by Board Chair Gordon Elliott. The composition of representation on the committee was announced in early March. 

Six faculty for six academic colleges

  • Dr. Roberto Canales
    Associate professor of physician assistant studies, College of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Charlene Berquist
    Professor of communication, College of Arts and Letters
  • Mr. Dana Frederick
    Instructor in management, College of Business
  • Dr. Terrel Gallaway
    Associate professor of economics and 2011-12 chair of Faculty Senate, College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • Dr. Sue George
    Professor of childhood education and family studies, College of Education
  • Dr. Janice Greene
    Professor of biology, College of Natural and Applied Sciences

One academic administrator

  • Dr. Anson Elliott
    Director of the William H. Darr School of Agriculture

Two staff members

  • Ms. Miko McFarland
    Study away advisor
  • Mr. Kyle Yates
    Associate director of athletics for compliance

Two students

  • Mr. Nii Kpakpo Abrahams
    Junior majoring in communication and ethical leadership with sociology minor, transfer from Crowder Community College in Neosho
  • Ms. Paige Jenkins
    Senior majoring in agronomy with a minor in Chinese, student member of the Board of Governors

One representative from the West Plains campus

  • Ms. Brenda Malkowski
    Director of University/Community Programs, alumna

Five members from outside the University (alumni, business community, donors, community leaders)

  • Mr. Jim Anderson, search committee vice chair
    Alumnus, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Jann Dye
    Alumna, retired educator, volunteer community leader, former member of the Missouri State Board of Governors
  • Ms. Pat Sechler
    Senior vice president of Liberty Bank, multi-term and current member of the Missouri State University Foundation Board of Directors
  • Mr. Kelby Stuckey
    Alumnus, basketball letterman, attorney for the City of Springfield
  • Mr. Joe Turner, search committee chair
    President and CEO of Great Southern Bank, former member of the Missouri State Board of Governors, current member of the Missouri State University Foundation Board of Trustees

Three current members of the Board of Governors

  • Mr. Gordon Elliott
    Alumnus, chair of the Board of Governors, retired CPA and founder of the CPA firm Elliott, Robinson and Co, CEO of Elliott Lodging
  • Mr. Steve Hoven
    St. Louis
    Alumnus, corporate vice president for public affairs for SSM Health Care
  • Ms. Cathy Smith
    Alumna, vice president/secretary of L.E.T., Inc., volunteer community leader


  • Mr. Wes Pratt
    Equal opportunity officer

Staff for committee

  • Ms. Marilyn Dennis
    Staff emeritus

Contact information

Contact John McAlear, secretary to the Board of Governors, for more information about the presidential search process.