Southeast Marketing Professor Appointed to MOHELA Board

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Dr. James Ricks is a professor of marketing at the Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University.

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 26, 2005 — Dr. James Ricks, professor of marketing in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University, is the newest member of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) Board of Directors. 

“We welcome the addition of Dr. Ricks to the MOHELA Board and are excited to have someone with his experience and education as part of our team,” said Dr. Karen Luebbert, chair of the MOHELA Board of Directors.

Ricks is a Vietnam veteran whose military record includes service in the Army Medical Service Corps.  His corporate experience includes an executive position with Sears, Roebuck and Co.  In his role as a faculty member, he has participated on several editorial advisory boards, has worked with the St. Louis Council on Logistics and was an appointee to the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. His areas of interest are distribution, sales, ethics and media issues.

“Dr. James Ricks’ passion for students and learning, and his academic perspective align perfectly with MOHELA’s mission to eliminate barriers to higher education,” said Michael Cummins, chief executive officer and executive director of MOHELA.

Ricks has a doctorate in communication theory from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Business Administration in marketing and business from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati. He holds a degree in transportation management from The College of Advanced Traffic in Chicago. His work has been published in the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Logistics Information Management, Journal of Business Ethics and others. He authored four sections of Beacham’s Marketing Reference and many national and international proceedings.

Ricks was appointed to the seven-member board by Gov. Matt Blunt after being recommended to the post by state Sen. Jason Crowell and state Rep. Nathan Cooper.  He is the public higher education representative on the board. His term runs through October 2009.

MOHELA is one of the largest nonprofit student loan secondary markets in America, and is a leading holder and servicer of student loans with more than $4.5 billion in assets, and loan purchase activity in excess of $1.2 billion per year.  MOHELA advances its benevolent mission of eliminating barriers for students so they can access higher education through local, regional and national partnerships with a variety of educational and financial related institutions.