Matthews Sworn in as New Regent

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 26, 2004 – Edward C. Matthews III of Sikeston, Mo., was sworn in today as a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.

The oath of office was administered by the Honorable David Dolan, circuit judge of the 33rd Judicial Circuit in Scott County.  Gov. Bob Holden appointed Matthews to the Board in January.  He will serve until Jan. 1, 2009. He replaces Doyle Privett of Kennett, Mo., whose term on the Board expired.

Matthews is a general partner with E.C. Matthews Limited Partnership of Sikeston, Mo., and manages farm, ranch, and commercial properties and investment portfolios.  He also serves as a director of the Matthews Cotton Company and agent for the Matthews Mineral Account.  Matthews is also chairman of the Sikeston Public Safety Advisory Board.

He received bachelor of arts degrees in both economics and business administration from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., in 1971.  He then graduated from the School of Mortgage Banking at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif., in 1974 and the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., in 1978.

Matthews has served as vice president and member of the executive committee of the Bank of Sikeston and as president of the Bank of Sikeston Holding Company.  Matthews also served as director of the Bank of Sikeston and Amerifirst Bancorporation, Inc., Bucoda Gin Company, and the Scott County Milling Company.  He was an account executive with Dean Witter Securities in Naples, Fla., from 1993 to 1995.

He has been the president and chairman of the United Way of Sikeston, a director of the Kenny Rogers United Cerebral Palsy Center, and an officer and director of the Sikeston Jaycees.  He served on the University of Missouri Scott County Extension Council and was appointed to the Southeast Missouri Boy Scout Executive Council.