May 15, 2012
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 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.”
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.