In this issue, I focus on community engagement.
Community engagement is the third pillar of our public affairs mission. Many members of our University community have taken extraordinary steps to volunteer their time and talents in the community.
Running for elected office is one form of community engagement. I am proud that a number of our staff have recently taken this step, including:
- Jerry Compton, project manager in the office of planning, design and construction, is seeking reelection to represent Zone 3 on the Springfield City Council.
- Ken McClure, vice president for administrative and information services, is running unopposed for General Seat D on the Springfield City Council.
- Francine Pratt, executive director of the multicultural resource center and programs, is running for a seat on the Springfield Public Schools board.
Additionally, Carrie Tergin, a member of Missouri State’s Board of Governors, is running for mayor of Jefferson City.
I am confident that these candidates will represent Missouri State well in their community efforts. They are providing an incredible example to our students of what it means to put the public affairs mission into practice.
I encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to find volunteer opportunities. We can make a difference only when we engage in our community.
Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!