Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board Elects New Chair, Members

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 4, 2009 – Dick Davidson of West Plains, Mo., has been elected chairman of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors.

Davidson was elected to the position at a meeting of the University’s Foundation Board Feb. 21.

Davidson, president of Davidson Insurance Agency, and his wife, Nancy are both  1973 graduates of Southeast Missouri State University. He has been a member of the Foundation Board for eight years, having served during that time as chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and vice chair of the Foundation.  The Foundation Board also recently approved the appointment of second-term and new members to the Board.

Those elected as new members with terms expiring in fall 2011 are Dwain Hahs of Jackson, Mo., who is retired from Bausch and Lomb; Michelle Matava of St. Louis, manager of Business Evaluations with Huber, Ring, Helm & Co., P.C. in St. Louis; James Maurer of Cape Girardeau, owner and chief executive officer of PAJCO, Inc.; Trisha Mothershead of Cape Girardeau, physician referral manager with Southeast Missouri Hospital; and Fran Rediger of Cape Girardeau, a retired teacher.

Reappointed to the board with terms expiring in fall 2011 are Lewis Bock, Joseph Domian, Lawrence Kem, Don LaFerla, Jim Limbaugh, Steve Schneider and Georganne Syler.

Those appointed to second terms expiring in fall 2011 are Stan Crader, Rich Eichhorst, Jerry Kinder, Larry Marler, Steve Taylor and Jerry Zimmer.

Joe Gholson of Harrisburg, Ill., was appointed student representative to the Board, and Don Bedell and Gaylon Lawrence were appointed as emeritus members.

The following committee chairs also were elected: Marsha Haskell, Copper Dome Committee; Robert Meyer, Resource Development; Maurice Sandfort, Finance and Audit Committee; Greg Deimund, Real Estate Sub-Committee; and Jerry Kinder, License Bureau Oversight Sub-Committee.

“I’m extremely pleased that these individuals have accepted leadership responsibilities in this period of transition for the Southeast Missouri University Foundation,” say Gerald McDougall, interim vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.  “They bring a demonstrated commitment to the University, and they are well respected throughout our service region.  I know their affiliation with the Foundation will contribute to future successes.”

The Southeast Missouri University Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary at Southeast. During this period, the Foundation has received more than $60 million in gifts with more than $13 million dedicated to the River Campus, and 425 endowed scholarships were established, allowing students to continue their education. The Foundation is responsible for more than two decades of successful fundraising benefiting students, faculty and staff. These efforts have paved the way for Southeast Missouri State University to become the University of First Choice – First choice for students; First choice for faculty and staff; and First choice for employers who hire our graduates.