Neely-Martin Appointed to Southeast Board of Regents

Pres_KendraNeelyMartinCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 3, 2011 — Kendra Neely-Martin, a 1994 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents effective immediately.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

“We look forward to welcoming Kendra to the University’s Board of Regents,” said Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins. “As an alumna of Southeast who has had extensive experience in the business sector of our economy, Mrs. Neely-Martin will bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding about our students and our University.”

Neely-Martin graduated from Southeast with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science with majors in marketing and retail management.

Currently a pharmaceutical sales specialist with Astrazeneca in St. Louis, Neely-Martin was recently the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service recognizing significant contributions to her local community through volunteerism. Neely-Martin was recognized for her work with at-risk girls in St. Louis through Delta Sigma Theta (DST) Sorority. Serving as a mentor for at-risk African American girls, she has worked tirelessly for the sorority for two decades. As chair of the educational development for the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of DST, she oversees the Delta Academy, a national program created to provide health and wellness training as well as instill the values necessary to build a solid community.

Neely-Martin is married to Thomas Martin, and they reside in St. Louis. She replaces Reginald Dickson of St. Louis whose term has expired.

“We are indebted to Mr. Dickson for his outstanding service to our Board of Regents,” Dobbins said. “Under his tenure as a Board member, the University made several major advances, including the construction of a new residence hall and the approval of the planning process for a second residence hall. Bonds were issued for the maintenance and repair of several campus facilities, including the historic Academic Hall and the Magill science complex. Several of our academic programs were accredited or reaccredited and our online program was expanded. Enrollment grew from more than 10,200 to 11,500, an increase of more than 12 percent during Mr. Dickson’s tenure on the Board.

“Mr. Dickson’s leadership and service on our Board certainly contributed to many of the accomplishments at Southeast over the past six years. We truly thank him for his support of our University,” Dobbins said.