McDougall Named Interim Vice President for University Advancement


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Dr. Gerald McDougall


Nov. 5, 2008 – Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named interim vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

McDougall will replace, on an interim basis, Wayne Smith, who announced last week he is leaving the University to become vice president of development and administrative services at Saint Francis Medical Center. McDougall’s interim appointment is effective Nov. 17.

Another component of the interim transition calls for William Holland, director of corporate relations/associate director of development-Harrison College of Business with the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, to serve as interim executive director of development. In his role over the past three years, Holland has split his time between Southeast’s St. Louis Outreach Office and the Cape Girardeau campus. Due to his increasing interim responsibilities as executive director of development, Holland will temporarily shift some of his St. Louis duties to Nolan Brunnworth, St. Louis career specialist in Southeast’s St. Louis Outreach Office, to devote more of his time to his interim development duties on the Cape Girardeau campus.

In addition, during the interim period and while a search is conducted for Smith’s replacement, the Office of International Education and Services will temporarily shift reporting lines from McDougall to Dr. Debbie Below, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions.

McDougall is charting familiar territory as interim vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. He previously served in this interim role prior to Smith’s hiring. This time, however, the scope of University Advancement is broader as the Office of University Relations recently merged into the University Advancement division.

McDougall joined Southeast as dean of the Harrison College of Business in 1993. Since 1993, the Harrison business faculty has achieved AACSB accreditation; helped secure funding for and moved into Robert A. Dempster Hall, a technology rich learning environment; established a nationally recognized  Master of Business Administration degree program that now has eight options; expanded undergraduate program offerings to include a major in international business, a major in management information systems, and a major in organizational administration;   established the Center for Business and Economic Research; established the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and joined the international Start-Up Café virtual network; reorganized the administrative structure of the college in response to significant reductions in state appropriations; expanded international programming, including the establishment of dual-degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level; and adopted new technologies to provide a wide variety of  online courses and undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

During his tenure at Southeast, McDougall also has served as interim executive director of the Office of International Education and Services. He has published more than 30 papers in academic and professional journals, proceedings and scholarly monographs. McDougall is a member of the Light Commercial and General Aviation Committee under the Transportation Research Board which is part of the National Science Foundation.  He chairs the Business Aviation Subcommittee that includes corporate planners from the world’s leading airframe manufacturers, engine manufacturers and avionics suppliers. He has consulted for major general aviation manufacturers in regard to economic conditions in business aircraft market conditions. He also continues teaching and especially enjoys interacting with students in introductory economics courses. 

McDougall completed undergraduate studies at California State University at Chico, earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He holds a master of science in economics degree and a doctoral degree in economics, both from Claremont Graduate School. McDougall is a Vietnam veteran, having been drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969, and advanced to the rank of sergeant. He and his wife, Karen, have two married daughters: Bryn and Kristin.