Meyer Named Director of Facilities Management

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 8, 2005 – Scott Meyer of Cape Girardeau, currently district engineer for the Southeast District with the Missouri Department of Transportation, has been named director of Facilities Management at Southeast Missouri State University.

Meyer will begin his new duties May 1. He replaces Al Stoverink who resigned in December to accept a new position with Arkansas State University.

The director of Facilities Management oversees planning, development, operation and maintenance of facilities, grounds and related services on the main campus of Southeast Missouri State University, the new River Campus to be completed in 2007 and four higher education centers in the southeast Missouri region.

“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity and new challenge,” Meyer said. “I hope I can add to the value of education in Southeast Missouri.”

The director of Facilities Management provides leadership for a coal-fired co-generation plant, campus risk management fleet services, central receiving and mail services, in addition to standard building maintenance and service units. The director oversees all capital projects, planning, design and construction activities, and manages the Facilities Management budget.

The director of Facilities Management communicates with various constituencies on needs and activities related to facilities. The director also maintains official deeds and other real estate documents, negotiates acquisition and sales contracts for the University and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, and advises executive staff on matters such as market values and lease terms. In addition, the director is responsible for maintaining open communications with the City of Cape Girardeau staff and meeting, as needed, with the mayor and City Council or advisory boards to insure coordination of campus and city planning and construction. He is also expected to work closely with officials and advisory boards in communities where area higher education centers are located in any projects involving those facilities.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, said, “We are thrilled that Scott Meyer will be joining the University as the director of Facilities Management. His engineering background and his vast experience with the Missouri Department of Transportation, most recently as Southeast district engineer, will serve the campus well in the coming years. Scott genuinely enjoys public service, and we are extremely pleased that he can continue that service mission in Facilities Management at Southeast. We look forward to his arrival on campus.”

Dr. Dennis Holt, vice president for administration and enrollment management, added, “I look forward to Scott joining the University as director of Facilities Management.  He brings with him a wealth of administrative experience and a genuine commitment to customer service and efficient management of resources, which will serve the University and the community well in the years to come.”

Meyer became Southeast District engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation in June 1996. He is responsible for overseeing the operations for the 14-county Missouri Department of Transportation southeast district which has the most roadway miles in the state.

The southeast district area office covers Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Scott, Stoddard and Wayne counties. The southeast district comprises almost 4,000 miles of roadway, five river ports, 20 airports, rural transit, and more than 500 miles of railroad. 

He has been responsible for more than 50 structures within the Southeast Missouri district, including the development of an innovative partnership agreement with a private developer that resulted in the construction of a new district complex.  During his tenure, the district built the $100 million Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau and the Route 74 interchange and extension to the bridge, relocated Route J in connection with expansion at the Procter & Gamble Paper Products facility north of Cape Girardeau, finished Route 60 as a four-lane highway through several counties and completed the Route HH interchange in Sikeston.  The Route 67 bypass at Poplar Bluff was completed and Route AB, a road to the SEMO Port, also was built.  A new four-lane Route 412 from Hayti to Kennett, Mo., is on track to be completed next year, and safety is being improved along Route 67 in St. Francois County with the construction of new interchanges and the elimination of several median crossings.

The Southeast District also has been active in the construction of several federally funded trails, pedestrian bridges and enhancement projects.

Prior to his tenure as district engineer, Meyer served with the Missouri Department of Transportation as assistant district engineer-design for the St. Louis Metro District, district maintenance and traffic engineer for District 5 in Jefferson City, district maintenance engineer for District 2 in Macon, division traffic studies engineer for the Support Center in Jefferson City, and construction inspector for the Kansas City Metro District.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Meyer is a Registered Professional Engineer and has received management training at the University of Missouri. He was a member of the Leadership St. Louis Class of 1996.

Meyer has been a guest lecturer at the University of Missouri-Rolla, a lecturer with the Delta Commission and a speaker with Leadership Sikeston and Leadership Cape Girardeau. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Alumni Association of the University of Missouri-Rolla – Missouri School of Mines.

Meyer and his wife, Susan, have two sons, Jacob 15, and Joshua, 13, and are active members of the First Church of the Nazarene in Cape Girardeau.