by News Bureau on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 25, 2013 — Brady L. Barke, Interim Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance & Student Support Services, was selected as the Senior Associate to the President and Secretary to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. He will begin his new duties June 1, 2013.
Barke replaces Deborah Simmons Fulton, executive associate to the President and secretary to the Board of Regents, who announced her retirement from the University effective July 1, 2013.
“I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to join the University’s executive team. I believe I bring some unique strengths to the position, but I’m counting on receiving transitional assistance from Mrs. Fulton, someone who has played an integral role in the success of this University over the past two decades. I look forward to working with President Dobbins and the team, especially in light of the implementation of a new strategic plan.”
Barke began at Southeast in 2008 as Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance & Eligibility and was promoted to his present position in 2011. He is responsible for administering the comprehensive National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) compliance program, directing baseball, track and field, and the cross country programs, and direct supervision of the athletics academic services, strength and conditioning and athletic training units. Additionally, Barke manages the $3 million athletics scholarship budget for the University’s 15 NCAA sports.
He previously served as a governance intern with the NCAA national headquarters in Indianapolis and as a law clerk with the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Department of Athletics Compliance Office.
He is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance (NAAC), chairs the NAAC Education Committee, and is a member of the NAAC Board of Directors. He has facilitated the NCAA Regional Leadership Academy, and served on both the NCAA Sports Wagering Task Force and the Olympic Sports Liaison Committee.
Barke has a juris doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Webster University. While a student at Webster, Barke was a member of both the basketball and golf teams.
“We are indebted to Debbie Fulton for her nearly 37 years of outstanding service to our University,” said the president of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Kenneth. W. Dobbins. “In her almost 21 years in her present position, Debbie has served four presidents and 30 different Board of Regents members through many changes, including the addition of three new residence halls and one in the planning stages; the addition of the Dempster Building which houses the Harrison College of Business, the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, the River Campus, the addition of the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center, the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment, the addition of the regional campuses at Kennett and Sikeston, Mo., and the Perryville Higher Education Center, just to name a few.
“We all know she will enjoy spending more time with her family, especially her grandchildren. We wish her all the best, “Dobbins said.
Fulton began her career at Southeast in 1976 in the former University laboratory school. She also worked in the Provost’s Office and, in 1992, former Southeast President Kala Stroup selected Fulton to serve as executive assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Regents.