Regents Appoint Stephens to River Campus Board of Managers



July 8, 2008 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Jane Stephens to the River Campus Board of Managers.

Stephens will serve the remainder of Dr. Dennis Holt’s three-year term, which will expire Dec. 1, 2008.

As the vice president for administration and enrollment management, Holt served on the Board of Managers through the construction phase of the River Campus. Now that construction is completed, it is appropriate that the provost, to whom the Earl and Margie Holland School of the Visual and Performing Arts reports, including all performance events, serves in this role, Holt said.

The cooperation agreement for the St. Vincent Seminary property requires that the Cape Girardeau City Council and Southeast Missouri State University each appoint three members to the River Campus Board of Managers. Current board members include city representatives Jerry Ford, Ruth Knote and Dennis Vollink. University representatives include Dr. Gary Miller, Thomas Swayne Byrd and now, Stephens.

Dr. Jane Stephens was appointed provost at Southeast Missouri State University on July 1, 2000. Prior to this appointment, she served as vice chancellor for academic affairs and executive vice chancellor at the University of South Carolina in Spartanburg for six years. Stephens previously served Southeast from 1978-1994 in roles as assistant provost, academic associate, director of honors, and professor of history. She has a long career in higher education, which includes teaching at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and Ball State University, Central High School and Southside High School in Muncie, Ind. Stephens’ education includes doctoral and master of arts degrees from Ball State University in American history and a bachelor of science degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She was an American Council of Education Fellow and a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.