Board Renews Contract with Federal Liaison Nitzschke

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 19, 2006 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Friday approved a six-month extension of Dr. Dale Nitzschke’s contract as an independent federal legislative consultant for the University.

In approving the contract during a closed session, the Board reduced Nitzschke’s consulting fee and announced that President Kenneth Dobbins will become the University’s primary federal government relations official, with Nitzschke as his primary assistant in that effort.

A document prepared for the Board indicates that while President Dobbins would still focus a significant portion of his time working with state officials in Jefferson City, as primary federal government representative he would more frequently travel to Washington, D.C., in order to develop and maintain effective communications with federal legislators, other officials, and staff members.

The board document states that as Southeast’s federal liaison since 1999, Nitzschke has been instrumental in the University’s acquisition of over $44 million in federal grants and Congressional earmarks.

Nitzschke will be paid $57,500 from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2007, and as an independent contractor will pay his own business expenses from that fee. Under his previous contract, he was paid $13,750 per month or $165,000 per year for his legislative liaison activities.