SEMO President Dr. Ken Dobbins Retires

 Retiring president of SEMO University thanked HOLT AgriBusiness in Sikeston for donating a 4800 Series Massey Ferguson Ag tractor to the University’s Ag Department.
 The department appreciated the two year free demo unit, said Larry Williams, HOLT AgriBusiness Sales Representative in Sikeston.


   After more than 15 years as president of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins retired on June 30. He plans to do higher education consulting for the American Association of State Colleges and University’s Penson Center for Professional Development. Also, he and wife, Jeanine, hope to spend more time with family and other endeavors.
   Dobbins was named president of Southeast on July 1, 1999, after serving as the University’s Vice President of Finance and Administration from 1991 to 1993, and Executive Vice President from 1993 to 1999. He previously held several positions in higher education administration at Kent State University in Ohio. As 17th president of Southeast, he is the longest-serving four-year public college or university president in Missouri.
   “It has been such a great honor to represent our university and to work with an outstanding Board of Regents, as well as such hard-working and caring people here at Southeast, in the community of Cape Girardeau, in Southeast Missouri, and in Missouri” said Dobbins. “And Jeanine and I have had the opportunity to work with a wide array of alumni and supporters of our university and with great leaders in our region, state and nation.”
   Doyle Privett, president of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, had high praise for Dobbins, saying he has been a true transformational president for Southeast, providing strategic and mission-driven leadership. He has elevated the University’s local, state, and national reputation, and led the University in fiscally challenging times while strengthening the academic experience and improving facilities.” ∆

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