Thiele Named Director of Southeast’s Malden Campus

by News Bureau on Tuesday, May. 29, 2012

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MALDEN, Mo., May 29, 2012 — Dr. Nicholas Thiele, superintendent of the Bloomfield R-XIV Schools, has been named director of Southeast Missouri State University’s regional campus at Malden.

Thiele will begin his new duties at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center in Malden July 1. He replaces Dr. Rick Hux who is retiring June 30 after 12 years of service as director.

Thiele, who has 26 years of experience in education, has served as superintendent of the Bloomfield R-XIV Schools since 2008. He previously served as superintendent of the Caruthersville (Mo.) Public Schools and the Pemiscot County Special School District in Hayti, Mo. He has been vocational director of the Pemiscot County Vocational Technical School in Hayti, coordinator of agriculture and industry training at Three Rivers Community College, agriculture and biology instructor at Woodland High School in Marble Hill, Mo., and agriculture instructor at Dexter (Mo.) High School.

“One part of my personal long-term career plan was to work in higher education. As a native of Southeast Missouri, it was my hope to be part of a high quality university and remain in the area,” Thiele said. “Sometimes, those two goals don’t coincide, so the opportunity to serve as director of the Malden regional campus is a fulfillment of that plan.

“Having served on the Advisory Board of the Malden regional campus for the past two years, I have a pretty good understanding of the programs and services offered,” Thiele added. “It is my hope to continue the strong traditions established by Southeast and supported by the Malden community for over 20 years. The potential for program growth and student recruitment is extraordinary, and I can hardly wait to be part of it.”

In addition to serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the Malden Regional Campus, he was a four-year member of the Advisory Board of Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett. He is currently president of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Bloomfield Lions Club and a member of the Missouri Student Success Network Advisory Board.

Thiele has been president of the Caruthersville Rotary Club, president of the Southeast Missouri Superintendents’ Association, vice president of the Southeast Missouri Transportation Service, president of the Hayti Rotary Club and a member of both the late Gov. Carnahan’s Task Force on School to Work Advisory Board and the Southeast Missouri Area Health Education Consortium Advisory Board.

He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership and administration from Saint Louis University, a specialist degree in educational administration from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Education degree in agriculture education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and zoology from Southeast Missouri State University.

Thiele will have overall management responsibility for the operations, growth and development of the Malden campus, located at 700 N. Douglass. This includes the daily supervision of faculty and staff; stewardship of endowed scholarships, resources, budgeting, facilities and technology management; and the continual development of partnerships with community organizations and businesses. He also will assist in identifying the design, delivery and evaluation of programming, and the recruitment, admission, registration and advising of students. In addition, he will be responsible for credit and non-credit programming offered at the Malden campus, including off-campus programming in nearby locations. He also will teach at least one course per term.

Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and associate provost of Extended and Online Learning, said Thiele is committed to improving access to, and enhancing the quality of, post-secondary education and training in the Malden area.

“Dr. Thiele demonstrates a keen understanding of the role of a regional campus because of his participation on the advisory councils for the Malden and Kennett campuses. He also possesses a very good understanding of the educational system in southeast Missouri, including how secondary education connects with a regional campus.

“Just as importantly, Dr. Thiele has demonstrated success in interacting with external/community constituencies, an attribute that is very important to the continuing growth and development of the Malden campus,” McDougall added. “His experiences as a school superintendent have honed his supervisory and management skills, budget management skills and facilities management skills — attributes that are important to success when the person in charge is responsible for a complex environment like a regional campus.”