Drury University adds a trustee and honors a long-time member

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 15, 2012 — 1988 Drury graduate Steve Edwards was elected to the Drury University Board of Trustees on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Edwards is the chief executive officer of Springfield’s CoxHealth. He’s been a part of CoxHealth since childhood when his father served as CoxHealth’s president and CEO. As a teenager, Steve Edwards worked on the grounds crew; and, following college, graduate school and work at another hospital, Edwards returned to Springfield in 1992 as a CoxHealth administrator and worked his way to CoxHealth’s top position in December 2011.

Steve Edwards

“Steve was an outstanding leader during his days at Drury and continues as such in our region today,” said Todd Parnell, Drury president.

Board Chair Lynn Chipperfield added, “Steve will bring great insights to our board discussions. His presence offers a reminder that the Drury community and the greater Springfield community are inextricably linked, and that the success of one depends on and befits from the success of the other.”

Dr. Loren Broaddus

Drury’s board also elevated Dr. Loren Broaddus to the position of life trustee from emeritus trustee during its semiannual meeting. Broaddus was an active board member from 1978-2009, and he was elevated to the position of emeritus board member in 2010. Broaddus joins Mary Jane Pool and John Q. Hammons as the only Drury Life Trustees.

“Loren remains one of our most active and engaged trustees, and and we’re honored that he has agreed to accept this recognition,” Chipperfield said.


Drury University welcomes four new Board of Trustees members

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 20, 2011 — Drury University’s Board of Trustees welcomed four new members to the board on Friday, May 13. The new members elected by the Board of Trustees are:

  • Jan Baumgartner, Springfield, Mo.−A 1974 graduate of Drury, Baumgartner is the executive vice president of Springfield First Community Bank. Baumgartner serves on the boards of the United Way of the Ozarks, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, and is a member of Drury’s Breech School of Business Advisory Board.
  • Beth Pile, Arlington, Va.−A 1980 graduate of Drury, Pile is chief risk officer at Promontory Interfinancial Network in Arlington, Va. Previously, Pile worked for nearly two decades with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

  • Dr. Norm Ridder, Springfield, Mo.−For the past six years, Ridder has been the Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. For 37 years, Ridder has worked as a professional educator and administrator at public and private schools in Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado.

  • John Twitty, Springfield, Mo.−Twitty is wrapping up a 20-year career with Springfield City Utilities. He’s held the top spot of general manager and chief executive officer since 2002. Twitty is active in the Springfield community serving on several boards of directors, including St. John’s Health System and Empire Bank.

“The skills and professional backgrounds of these four individuals will add significantly to our Board,” said Lynn Chipperfield, chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees. “The mix of private and public sector knowledge and experience will help Drury continue to lead in an evolving higher education marketplace. The addition of this exceptional community leadership to our Board of Trustees will also sharpen our focus on recognizing and addressing critical community challenges through curriculum and community outreach.”

Three Drury trustees are rotating off of the board. Carol Williamson served for eight years, Jerry Jared served for 11 years, and Laura Hedgpeth Haseltine (Drury ’78) served for 16 years.

“We are thankful to Carol, Jerry and Laura for their many years of service and we welcome our newest trustees to the Board,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Through a combination of long-time trustees and new members with varied careers, Drury will continue to offer the high quality of education that we have for the past 138 years.”


The first Drury graduations in the O’Reilly Family Event Center are on May 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 2, 2011The first Drury commencement ceremonies in the new O’Reilly Family Event Center will be on Saturday, May 14. The ceremony for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is at noon with the traditional Day School graduation to follow at 2:30 p.m.

51 graduate students will join 342 undergraduates in the CGCS graduation. The Day School will confer degrees to 251 undergraduates.

Drury Board of Trustees member Jack Stack will address both graduating classes. A trustee since 2004, Stack is the president and CEO of SRC Holdings, a remanufacturing corporation in Springfield.

Jack Stack

Stack has authored two books: The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. Stack’s “open book management” philosophy makes financial and business decisions a shared duty of all employees.

Former Drury student Betty Cole Dukert will be honored during the traditional Day School ceremony with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Dukert attended Drury College in 1946-47 and went on to earn a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

Betty Cole Dukert

Dukert enjoyed a 41-year career with NBC’s Meet the Press where she ultimately served as executive producer. Dukert served on the Drury Board of Trustees from 1985-2008 and remains as an emeritus board member. She was the first recipient of the First Amendment Service Award of the national Radio & Television News Directors’ Foundation in 1998.

Following the Day School ceremony, a time capsule containing Drury memorabilia will be entombed in the cornerstone of the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Media: You are welcome to videotape or photograph either graduation ceremony.


Drury Board of Trustees member Jack Shewmaker dies at 72


Drury Board of Trustees member Jack Shewmaker dies at 72

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 18, 2010 — Drury University is saddened by the passing of long-time Board of Trustees member Jack Shewmaker who died on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the age of 72.

“Jack’s passing is a great loss for the nation, the region and for Drury University,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “He has been an invaluable counselor for Drury and his sage wisdom will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Melba, and the entire Shewmaker family.”

A member of the Drury Board of Trustees since 1984, Shewmaker served on the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and the Development Committee. He received an honorary doctorate from Drury in 2000.

“Jack’s death represents a great loss to the Board of Trustees and to the entire Drury community,” said Lynn Chipperfield, chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees. “His vast business experience and his strong common sense contributed immeasurably to our Board discussions, always helping us stay focused on the greater mission of the University. We will deeply miss his wise counsel, his friendship and his passion for Drury.”

The Shewmaker Communications Center is named for Jack and Melba. Their generous contributions helped make the state-of-the-art center a reality. He and Melba also lent their name to part of the Trustee Science Center development The Shewmaker Gates, which serve as the entrance to Drury’s campus from the south.

“Jack’s primary concern was always for students,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, dean of the college. “Whether he was mentoring SIFE team members, assuring campus safety or improving the facilities in which they learned, his affection for and commitment to our students was deep and genuine.”

Shewmaker retired from Walmart Stores, Inc. in 1988 after serving in numerous capacities including president and chief operating officer. He is also a former chairman of Students in Free Enterprise, Inc., which is located in Springfield.

Services for Shewmaker will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, at noon at Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, Ark.


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