Dobbins Named Chair-Elect of AASCU Board of Directors

Photo of Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins

Southeast Missouri State University President Kenneth W. Dobbins

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 5, 2010 — Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, has been named chair-elect of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Board of Directors.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities represents more than 430 public colleges, universities and systems of higher education throughout the United States and its territories.

The appointment was made at the AASCU Annual Meeting Nov. 21-24.

In 2007, Dobbins was selected to serve a three-year term on the AASCU Board of Directors.  In 2008, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the organization.

Dobbins has represented Missouri on AASCU’s Council of State Representatives, and in his new role, he will chair the Council. He formerly served as chairperson of AASCU’s Committee on Professional Development.  For the past five years, he has served as one of four faculty members for the AASCU New Presidents’ Academy.

Members of AASCU work to extend higher education to all citizens, including those who have been traditionally underrepresented on college campuses. These institutions fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the public good through education and engagement, thereby improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their state. 

Dobbins became the 17th president of Southeast on July 1, 1999, after serving in several positions in higher education administration both at Kent State University in Ohio and at Southeast.