Dickson Sworn in as Member of Southeast Board of Regents

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 19, 2005 – Reginald Dickson of St. Louis, chairman, chief executive officer and majority owner of Buford, Dickson, Harper, and Sparrow, Inc., an investment research and portfolio management firm, was sworn in today as a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.

The oath was administered by William L. Syler of the 32nd Judicial Circuit.

Gov. Matt Blunt recently announced Dickson’s appointment to the Board. He will serve until Jan. 1, 2011.  He replaces Sandra Moore of St. Louis, whose term on the board expired Jan. 1.

Dickson serves on the board of directors of the Dollar General Corporation, a chain of more than 7,000 neighborhood stores in 30 states, in Nashville, Tenn. He is chairman of the board of AmSouth Community Development Corporation, a $50 billion financial institution in Birmingham, Ala. He is retired president and chief executive officer of INROADS, Inc., a national minority career development organization; chairman of the Development Committee of St. Louis Community College; and a member of the board of both the Youth and Family Center and the American Red Cross.

He is former chairman of the St. Louis Region American Red Cross/Bio-Medical Division College, co-founder and former chairman of the Black Leadership Round Table, and former co-chair of the Family and Community Trust. He is former chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in St. Louis and has served on the Small Business Advisory Council for the Federal Communications Committee (FCC). He is former chairman of the United Negro Fund Advisory Board, Queens College Center for the New Workforce. Dickson also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Student Communications, Inc., and is a member of the board of the Grand Center, Inc., Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and a former board member of ARCHS.

He has been named to Who’s Who Among African Americans, is a member of the Life Membership Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and has received the Salvation Army William Booth Award, the highest civilian award. He has been inducted into the INROADS Hall of Fame and the Beaumont High School Hall of Fame, and has received the Harris Stowe Outstanding Alumni Award and the Mel Lowenstein Community Affairs Award.

Dickson holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harris-Stowe Teachers College and  a bachelor of science in business degree from Washington University. He has done graduate study in finance at St. Louis University.