Appointments

Three Drury faculty members appointed to key academic leadership roles

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 5, 2016 — Drury University has appointed three faculty members to key leadership positions that will impact students’ classroom experience and bolster the school’s liberal arts tradition.

Miller

Miller

Rebecca Miller, associate professor of art and art history, will become the new director of Drury’s Arts Administration Program starting this fall. A Drury faculty member since 2003, Miller brings considerable and impressive credentials as a photographer and artist to the program. She also brings a commitment to creating career paths for students who want to link their love of the arts with additional interests on the administrative side of the field, such as marketing, public relations, business and strategic planning. Miller was formerly the director of the Pool Art Center Gallery for six years and will be coordinating the C-Street Gallery with arts administration students.

Spence

Spence

Dr. Karen Spence has been named the director of the Drury CORE: Engaging Our World. CORE is Drury’s general education curriculum, which emphasizes the global connections of all areas of study and prioritizes applied learning through direct engagement in communities at home and around the world. Spence is the associate dean of the Hammons School of Architecture, where she is responsible for recruitment, mentoring and advising. A strong advocate for the liberal arts, Spence has also played a key role in the university’s ongoing strategic enrollment management process during the last two years.

Vaggalis

Vaggalis

Dr. Ted Vaggalis has been named director of new faculty orientation. Vaggalis is an associate professor of philosophy and political science. The role will see Vaggalis leading efforts to welcome and integrate new faculty to the Drury community.

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Wayne Chipman named Executive Vice President for Advancement at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 4, 2016 — Drury University is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. J. Wayne Chipman ‘91 to the position of Executive Vice President for Advancement, effective July 1, 2016. He will report to Dr. Timothy Cloyd, the current president-elect.

Chipman comes to Drury from a development role at the University of Missouri, where he received four promotions in 13 years and is currently Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement – University Programs. Prior to that, he spent two years as Director of Major and Planned Gifts at Truman State University from 2001 to 2003 and four years in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at Drury from 1997 to 2001.

Chipman

Chipman and his wife, Stephanie (Chapman) ‘93, M.Ed. ‘99 have deep Drury roots. The Chipmans have two school-age sons, Collin and Bennett. Stephanie is currently Director of Career Services in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

“Stephanie and I are excited to come back to Drury and I look forward to helping shape a bright future for our alma mater,” Chipman said.

At Missouri, Chipman led a team that played a vital part in the success of the school’s $1.04 billion “For All We Call Mizzou” fundraising campaign and has been a key leader of the current $1.3 billion “Mizzou: Our Time to Lead” campaign.

“Wayne is just the person to lead Drury’s comprehensive advancement division,” Cloyd said. “He is not only a proven first class fundraiser, but has excellent skills in management, team building, alumni and community relations. I am looking forward to working with him as we do new great things for Drury University.”

“Our road to a wholesome future passes through our alumni,” said Lyle D. Reed, Chair of Drury’s Board of Trustees. “We are looking forward to Wayne helping us build that super-highway. Drury is proud to have one of its own return home and play an instrumental role in our future.”

Prior to first joining Drury in 1997, Chipman practiced law in Springfield in the areas of tax and estate planning, commercial litigation, and federal administrative law. During his time at Drury, he also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in business administration, economics, and federal estate and gift taxation law. Chipman worked in economic development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce in the mid 1990s. He is a member of the Missouri Bar’s Probate and Trust Law Committee, and is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court.

Chipman’s education includes:

  • Juris Doctor, Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, 1994
  • Master of Business Administration, Washburn University School of Business, 1993
  • International Law Program, Brunel University in Uxbridge, England, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Drury University, 1991

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Drury appoints Dr. Justin Leinaweaver as Director of Institutional Research

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 10, 2015 — Drury University has named Justin Leinaweaver as Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Leinaweaver holds a Ph.D. in political science from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and has been an assistant professor of political science at Drury since 2012. He begins his new duties January 4.

Dr. Justin Leinaweaver

Dr. Justin Leinaweaver

In his new role, Dr. Leinaweaver will take the lead in developing and implementing analytic approaches that will support enrollment efforts, inform policy decisions and improve academic programs. He will oversee the collection and interpretation of a wide range of data that will assist the Drury community in identifying and understanding internal and external trends, opportunities, and challenges.

“Dr. Leinaweaver is the ideal person for this new position,” said Provost Dr. Steven Combs. “He understands higher education from the vantage point of a faculty member and a trained social scientist. His unique skills will enable him to use data to help us frame issues, articulate strategic priorities, and generate evidence-based decisions.”

“Drury has long emphasized the importance of making decisions supported by data,” Leinaweaver said. “I’m eager to use my skills to continue this good work in order that my colleagues can focus on what they do best: serving our students and our community through teaching, research, and civic engagement.”

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