by News Bureau on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 26, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents Feb. 20 elected Kendra Neely-Martin, St. Louis, Mo., as its new vice president, effective immediately. Doyle Privett of Kennett was elected Board president in December.
Neely-Martin succeeds James Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau, whose term on the Board of Regents expired Jan. 1, 2013. Limbaugh, executive vice president of planning and business development for SoutheastHEALTH, was elected vice president of the Board of Regents in March 2012.
Neely-Martin was appointed to the Board of Regents in November 2011 to a term expiring Jan. 1, 2018, by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. She is a pharmaceutical sales specialist with Astrazeneca.
“I’m very honored to represent the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents as the new vice president,” Neely-Martin said. “Jim did an outstanding job in the role, and I believe I can bring new strengths and ideas to the vice presidential position. I look forward to working with our new Board President, Doyle Privett, to continue the great traditions and success of my alma mater.”
Neely-Martin was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service recognizing significant contributions to the St. Louis community through volunteerism. She was recognized for her work with at-risk girls through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST). Serving as a mentor for at-risk youth and an advocate for the underserved and disenfranchised communities in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, Neely-Martin oversees health and wellness training, parent education classes, leads economic development workshops and professional development seminars designed to instill the values and skill sets necessary to build solid communities.
Neely-Martin graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and from Webster University with Master of Arts in Marketing.