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Missouri Southern State U. and Its President Part Ways

Bruce Speck is no longer president of Missouri Southern State University, the institution’s Board of Governors announced in a terse statement on the university’s Web site. The board’s chairwoman, Sherry Buchanan, says in the statement that Mr. Speck is leaving “by mutual agreement” of the parties. According to The Joplin Globe, he had two years left on his contract. Neither Mr. Speck nor the university provided any details on the reasons for his departure or information on any severance package he will receive.

Mr. Speck had an early clash with the faculty during his five years in office. In 2009, a year after he was hired, the faculty voted no confidence in him, citing budget cuts and accusing him of withholding information from the faculty. Later, however, he received praise for having formed an agreement with the Red Cross, which resulted in the campus’s being used as a temporary refuge for people affected by the 2011 tornado in Joplin, which killed more than 150 people.

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