Dr. Alan D. Marble will serve as interim president Missouri Southern State University, the college’s board of governors announced Thursday.
Marble, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern in 1979, will begin his new responsibilities at MSSU on July 1.
"We are pleased Dr. Marble has accepted this important position and we are confident his notable experience in higher education leadership will benefit Missouri Southern," said Dr. Sherry Buchanan, who led her final meeting as chair of the Board of Governors today. "The Board of Governors is encouraged by his vision and we know he will serve the University's students, faculty, staff, and constituents well during this time of transition."
"It is an honor for me to have been asked by the Board of Governors to serve my alma mater, and I intend to do everything I can to provide strength, guidance and direction to this great University," Marble said. "I look forward to this opportunity to build bridges not only on campus, but also between the university and the community."
Marble had previously accepted an offer to become interim assistant to the president at MSSU, but due to recent administrative changes, he has been named as interim president. The board approved this appointment in an executive session on Thursday.
The Board of Governors now will begin planning for the search for a permanent president, which will include campus and community involvement.
Marble recently retired from Crowder College after serving the college for 27 years. He had been the school's president since 2006, and previously served as business manager and dean of development.
While Marble was president of Crowder College, enrollment nearly doubled, with 4,976 students during the spring 2013 semester, and 568 students applying for graduation. The college has also completed several building projects on Marble's watch, including the Neosho campus' Arnold Farber building, Tatum Bell Tower, Davidson Hall, and MARET Center. Construction is also underway at the McDonald County campus, in Jane, and the groundbreaking for an expansion at the Webb City campus is planned for the near future.
The college has also reached cooperative agreements to offer bachelor's degree completion programs with Missouri Southern State University and Missouri State University, as well as offering dual credit programs in nine area counties.
Prior to his career in higher education, Marble owned and operated a testing and placement service that worked with many leading insurance companies nationwide to assist injured claimants in their efforts to become retrained and employable. He sold the company in 1986 to begin his career in higher education.
Marble earned a master's degree from Pittsburg State University in 1986, and his doctorate in higher education administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Nebraska in 2006.
In addition to numerous awards for his private industry work as well as his efforts in higher education, Marble is a member of the board of directors for the Missouri Energy Initiative, serves on the Missouri Higher Education Performance Funding Task Force, was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to the Missouri Tax Credit Reform Commission and is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International.
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