Regents Extend Nitzschke’s Contract as Federal Legislative Consultant

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 1, 2005 — Dr. Dale Nitzschke’s contract as Southeast Missouri State University’s federal legislative consultant has been renewed for a fifth year, the Southeast Board of Regents announced today.

Nitzschke will serve in this capacity until June 30, 2006, at which time, he plans to retire. His letter accepting the renewal and expressing his intention to retire next year was received Tuesday, according to Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins.

University officials say Nitzschke has filled a critical role in obtaining millions of dollars in federal funding for the University, which has proven to be particularly significant during recent years of extremely low state funding.

“We are certain that these federal funds would not have been made available to the University without the relationships he has developed with Senators “Kit” Bond and Jim Talent, Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson and members of their staffs,” said Dobbins.

“I am delighted Dr. Nitzschke is going to continue with us for another year,” the president said, “but there is also deep regret, knowing this will be his final year. Dale has done a tremendous job in helping us get federal funding as the University continues to grow. We look forward to another successful year.

“He has a wealth of knowledge about Southeast and about federal funding for higher education. Consequently, he has been able to identify federal programs that are a good fit for Southeast’s mission. We have been fortunate to have him in this capacity and will miss him tremendously when he retires.”

The new, one-year contract begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2006, and is under the same terms as last year’s agreement.

Nitzschke was president of Southeast Missouri State University from 1996-1999. He has served the past six years as federal legislative consultant and fund-raiser.