September 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 20, 2013 — Dr. David Manuel was officially installed as Drury University’s 17th President on Friday, Sept. 20 in Stone Chapel on Drury’s campus.
Paying tribute to Drury’s 140-year history, Dr. Manuel borrowed from the university’s first president, Nathan Morrison, as he mapped out his plan for Drury’s future to a packed house of faculty, staff, students and community members. “Drury’s mission and vision are the outline of our horizon,” Manuel said. “Join me as we take to heart the words of our first president, ‘Look up, not down. Look forward, not backward and look out, not in.”
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lynn Chipperfield and Drury’s 16th President Todd Parnell officially installed Manuel with the Presidential Medallion. “It takes a rare combination of gifts to serve as president,” Chipperfield said. “A combination of strength and compassion, a sense of duty and a sense of humor. Dave Manuel has exhibited every one of these and then some. Drury University is in good hands.”
Manuel was preceded on the podium by a host of speakers: student Max Byers, staff member Annette Avery, Dean of the College Dr. Charles Taylor, and Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens. University Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning offered the invocation and the benediction, and Dr. Regina Waters, chair of the Department of Communication, was the master of ceremonies.
Dr. Manuel was introduced as Drury’s 17th president on Oct. 31, 2012. He succeeds Todd Parnell who retired as Drury’s president on May 31, 2013. Before coming to Drury, Dr. Manuel was chancellor at Louisiana State University-Alexandria. Before that, he was the vice president of academic affairs at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. A native of Louisiana, Dr. Manuel has a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State and master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Manuel and his wife Betty Coe live in the historic President’s House with their cocker spaniel Bailey. The Manuels have two adults sons and one granddaughter.