Senior Leadership Team
During the months of June and July, President Tim Cloyd hired new staff and realigned duties of current staff. Newly appointed to the senior leadership team are:
EVP for University Advancement
Wayne Chipman has extensive experience after 13 successful years in a development position at the University of Missouri, where he and his team played a vital part in the success of the university’s $1.04 billion “For All We Call Mizzou” fundraising campaign, as well as in the ongoing $1.3 billion “Mizzou: Our Time to Lead” campaign.
Chipman is a member of the Missouri Bar’s Probate and Trust Law Committee and holds admission to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
EVP of Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Rob Fridge has contributed to Drury’s success for the past eight years and will continue to be valuable in his new role.
Fridge will be largely responsible for strategic financial planning duties in addition to the new duties and responsibilities assigned to him.
EVP, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer
David Hinson came to Drury from Brooklyn, New York’s Yeshivah of Flatbush, the largest independent Jewish day school in North America where he served as Director of Technology Services.
Prior, he held a CIO position at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Hinson’s extensive knowledge and experience in information infrastructure, instructional technology, and institutional business support and research makes him the ideal candidate to serve in this position.
EVP of Enrollment Management
Kevin Kropf came to Drury from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas where he served as Director of Enrollment Management before being promoted to Senior Director of Admissions in 2012.
Prior to his time at Baker, Kropf spent 12 years at Albion College in Albion, Michigan and three years at Hendrix College. Kropf has extensive experience in the creation and implementation of university-wide marketing and recruitment plans. He has developed award-winning marketing materials and campus visit programs that have been featured in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
VP for Stewardship of Principal Gifts
Judy Thompson returned to Drury after retirement to serve as the Vice President for Stewardship of Principal Gifts. Thompson has over 30 years of leadership experience at Drury and has maintained deep and strong connections with a significant portion of our alumni base.
Enactus Helps The Fairbanks’ Improvement Efforts in Grant Beach
The Fairbanks, a local community center in the Grant Beach neighborhood, has partnered with Drury’s Enactus team to address the growing needs of low-income families in the area. With the help of The Fairbanks and Drury’s Enactus team, residents of the Grant Beach neighborhood now have greater access to health, hygiene and nutritional essentials, as well as access to jobs and income.
The Fairbanks was launched in 2013 to build a center for community betterment initiatives in the Grant Beach neighborhood.
Drury’s Enactus team has empowered and inspired global communities since 1997. By implementing entrepreneurial and sustainable programs, Enactus has aided in addressing, assessing and overcoming economic, environmental and social barriers across the globe. Together, The Fairbanks and Drury’s Enactus team have launched a grocery store, a bicycle rental shop, worm and mushroom farms and a healthy food subscription service. These services provide direct access to affordable food and self- transportation resources, and create jobs and generate revenue through fertilizer and mushroom sales.
Drury Announces Key Leadership Appointments
In April, Drury appointed two faculty members to key leadership positions for the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Karen Spence was named Director of Drury CORE, and Dr. Ted Vaggalis was named Director of New Faculty Orientation.
Dr. Karen Spence
Dr. Karen Spence serves as associate dean of architecture, where she is responsible for the recruitment, mentoring and advising of architecture students.
She served on the CORE Council, helping to make the CORE curriculum a signature program at Drury.
Dr. Ted Vaggalis
Dr. Ted Vaggalis served as the director of the GP21 curriculum program and the director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Center.
He was instrumental in incorporating global, ethical, liberal and interdisciplinary learning into general education requirements.
For more information: www.drury.edu/key-leadership
SIVA Original Artwork Showcase
In August, Drury’s Summer Institute for Visual Arts (SIVA) hosted the ninth annual Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory (MART) Thesis Exhibition and Open Studios event, displaying a diverse lineup of original artwork to the public at the Pool Art Center. The thesis exhibition presents the work of graduating MART students.
This year’s Open Studios featured the work of graduating students Felicia Ellis, Justin Gault, Sherry Iott, Sarah Jones, Eileen McCarthy, Betty Parnell, Erin Volker and James Walley. SIVA students have an opportunity to work alongside visiting artists in a critically-driven environment. Students spend three summer sessions studying under the guidance of visiting artist fellows, faculty and staff, learning through hands-on exercises and one-on-one instruction. Drury’s three-summer MART program and the SIVA model is unique to the Midwest.
For more information: www.drury.edu/siva
Drury Among the Top Universities on Twitter
CollegeStats.org named Drury among the top universities with positive mentions on Twitter as part of a 2016 analysis. The analysis was based on a compilation of more than 100,000 tweets posted between March and April that mentioned a university’s Twitter handle. The study listed the universities with the highest average sentiment, the lowest average sentiment, the most positive words per tweet and the most negative words per tweet.
Drury topped the list of universities with the most positive words, averaging 1.89 per tweet. The positive words list used by CollegeStats.org included words like recommend, proud, beautiful, support, excited, happy and best.
“Universities are no stranger to social media—and their students definitely aren’t either,” the report says. “Tweets directed at these schools take all forms. Not only can prospective students log in to Twitter to see the general vibe of a school, administrators can tune in to either address concerns or revel in praise.”
For more information: www.drury.edu/top-twitter