by News Bureau on Friday, May. 25, 2012
SIKESTON Mo., May 25, 2012 — Stephen Borgsmiller, superintendent of the Sikeston R-6 Schools, has been named director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.
Borgsmiller will begin his new duties in early July. He replaces Judy Buck who is retiring effective June 28 after 14 years of service as director.
Borgsmiller, who has 31 years of experience in education, has served as superintendent of the Sikeston R-6 Schools for nearly a dozen years. He was Sikeston City Manager from 1992 to 2000. He previously served as principal, assistant principal and a classroom instructor at Scott County R-6 High School for 19 years.
“I have been in and around the Sikeston School District since the early 1970s,” Borgsmiller said. “I have a long history, background, keen interest, knowledge and appreciation of what a regional campus of a major university can bring to a community.”
He says the Sikeston regional campus affords tremendous opportunities to residents in the area who cannot travel to the main Southeast campus in Cape Girardeau.
“It is unbelievable what this campus can bring to this area of southeast Missouri,” he said. “The best years of this (Sikeston) campus are yet to come.”
Borgsmiller is vice president of the Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston Advisory Council and has served as secretary/treasurer of the Southeast Missouri Superintendents’ Association, on the board of directors of the Committee for Educational Equality, chairman of the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission and on the board of directors of Southeast Missouri Weed and Seed, Inc.
He is a member of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sikeston Community Teachers Association, the Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Association of Schools Administrators, American Association of Schools Administrators, Missouri Association of Rural Educators and the Superintendent’s Forum sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Borgsmiller holds a Master of Arts degree in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, both from Southeast Missouri State University. He has completed coursework toward a doctoral degree in educational leadership at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Borgsmiller will have overall management responsibility for the operations, growth and development of the Sikeston campus, located at 2401 N. Main in Sikeston. 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 Sikeston campus, including off-campus programming in nearby locations.
Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and associate provost of Extended and Online Learning, said Borgsmiller is committed to improving access to, and enhancing the quality of, post-secondary education and training in the Sikeston area. “Steve Borgsmiller brings a unique portfolio of experiences and a demonstrated record of effectiveness to the director position. His service as Sikeston’s City Manager gives him a keen understanding of the Sikeston community and its needs and desires. He knows who the key visionary-leaders are in the community and appreciates how important their support is in further developing the Sikeston campus. His recent years as the superintendent of the Sikeston school district provide him with a comprehensive understanding of the educational system in southeast Missouri, including how secondary education connects with the higher education programming offered on Sikeston’s campus.
“Steve has demonstrated very effective supervisory and management skills, budget management skills and facilities management skills in complex public environments,” McDougall added. “I’m confident Steve can find the common ground among the various constituencies within the Sikeston community and successfully implement strategies to expand access to high quality post-secondary education for those living in the greater Sikeston area. Steve’s participation on the Sikeston Campus Advisory Council will make it possible for him to immediately apply the things he has learned throughout his career to the betterment of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.”