Board Extends Dobbins’ Contract Through June 2014


Photo of President Kenneth W. Dobbins

The contract of Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins has been extended through June 30, 2014.


June 25, 2010 – At their meeting on Tuesday, June 22, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents voted to extend the contract for Kenneth W. Dobbins, who has served as president of the University since July 1, 1999.  The new contract, effective July 1, 2010, runs through June 30, 2014. There was no increase in salary.

Brad Bedell of Sikeston, Mo., president of the Board, said the new contract was based on the Board’s assessment of the University’s accomplishments and President Dobbins’ leadership, especially in the light of the reduced state appropriations and budget reductions. Bedell stated that, “President Dobbins has guided the institution through some tough financial times in the past, and he possesses the ability to lead Southeast through the anticipated difficult financial times ahead of us.”

Dobbins stated, “I am very pleased that the Board has extended my contract.  I have enjoyed working with our Board and appreciate their support and leadership. The campus will be faced with difficult financial challenges, but we will still maintain high-quality academic programs and will still be ‘The University of First Choice.’”