human resources

Drury names new Registrar

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., June 1, 2013 — Associate Registrar Cindy Jones is Drury University’s new Registrar. She takes over for Gale Boutwell who retired on May 31.

Cindy Jones

The Registrar oversees the Office of Records and Registration, which assists students in registering for classes. The office also provides many other services, such as: fulfilling transcript requests, maintaining academic records, and helping students prepare for graduation.

Jones earned her Bachelor of Science from Drury in 2007 and received a Master of Business Administration in 2009. She has worked at Drury in Records and Registration since 2001. Prior to that, the Marshfield native held positions in banking, government, and the public school system.

Boutwell worked at Drury for 41 years. The 1969 graduate became Registrar in 1978, and she has overseen the graduation of thousands of Drury students. At the December 2012 graduation, Drury awarded Boutwell an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.


Drury University announces new positions and employees

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 11, 2011 —Drury is proud to welcome several new staff members to campus and congratulates current staff members who have accepted new roles.

Ron Cushman is Drury’s new Director of Facilities Operations. Cushman received his electrical engineering degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. and, prior to accepting his position with Drury, worked as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities at Simpson University in Redding, Calif.

Meleah Spencer, current Director of Alumni and Development-Annual Giving, will now also serve as Interim Director of Alumni Relations. Spencer graduated from Drury in 1997 and has been an employee of the university since July of 2007.

Amy Blansit is Drury University’s new Director of Campus Wellness and Fitness. She replaces Matt Miller who became Drury’s Director of Athletic Advancement and Event Services last spring.

Dawn Hiles has been named Vice President for Enrollment Management. Hiles, who received her undergraduate degree in marketing, management and administration at Indiana University and an MBA from Drury, has worked at Drury since 2006. Since that time, Hiles has served as Director of the MBA program in the Breech School of Business, Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Dean of Admission.


Drury University recognized as a choice employer by Springfield Business Journal


Drury University recognized as ‘choice employer’ by Springfield Business Journal

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 15, 2010 — Drury University ranked third among 20 other finalists in Springfield Business Journal’s Choice Employer Award program.  This is the first year since the inception of the program that Drury has been in the field of finalists.

Drury was rated against other companies and organizations in the 301+ employee category.  Organizations were scored based on their employee benefits, family-friendly initiatives, people development, corporate culture and civic involvement.

The University ranked second in the areas of people development and corporate culture, while claiming the maximum number of points possible for civic involvement. Overall, Drury finished with 106 points, while the first place company, St. John’s Health System, narrowly took the lead with 113 points.  The final rankings are as follows:

  1. St. John’s Health System
  2. T-Mobile
  3. Drury University
  4. American National Property & Casualty Co.
  5. Silver Dollar City

Springfield Business Journal also ranked businesses in categories for 5-24 employees, 25-100 employees and 101-300 employees.  Finalists were recognized in an awards ceremony on Nov. 11.


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