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Speck chosen as MSSU president

Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Austin Peay State University, has been tapped as the new president of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), Joplin, by the MSSU Board of Governors.

APSU President Tim Hall notified the campus community of Specks selection last week, saying the announcement was made with a mixture of sadness at the prospect of losing a colleague and pleasure at Specks accomplishments.
Dr. Bruce Speck, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Austin Peay State University, has been tapped as the new president of Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), Joplin, by the MSSU Board of Governors.

APSU President Tim Hall notified the campus community of Speck's selection last week, saying the announcement was made with a mixture of sadness at the prospect of losing a colleague and pleasure at Speck's accomplishments.

“Austin Peay will miss Bruce Speck's academic leadership, his humor and his tenor voice,” said Hall. “I have found his counsel invaluable in my first months at Austin Peay and regret we will not have the opportunity of working further together.”

Speck holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received a master's degree in English from Wayne State College in Nebraska and a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado.

In 2001, Speck came to APSU as vice president for academic affairs from his post at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, where he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English. For nine years, Speck was on the faculty of the University of Memphis, where he received tenure, earned the rank of professor and served as acting director of the Center for Academic Excellence.

A member of the President's Cabinet, Speck is a member of numerous University committees and serves as chair of such committees as the Deans' Council, Academic Council and the Performance Funding Committee.

In addition to serving as editor of various professional publications, Speck has had many articles published in professional journals and most recently co-authored two scholarly books: “Maxine Smith's Unwilling Pupils: Lessons Learned in Memphis's Civil Rights Classroom” (The University of Tennessee Press, 2007) and “Rights and Wrongs in the College Classroom: Ethical Issues in Postsecondary Teaching” (Anker, 2007).

A graduate of Leadership Clarksville, Speck's resume reflects many professional affiliations, including the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and senior fellow, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

Hall, who indicated Speck will assume the MSSU presidency this semester, will appoint an interim vice president for academic affairs until a national search can be conducted. -- Dennie B. Burke