Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce Speck announced today the appointment of Mr. Rob Yust as Vice President for Business Affairs, and Mr. Darren Fullerton as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs.


Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce Speck announced today the appointment of Mr. Rob Yust as Vice President for Business Affairs, and Mr. Darren Fullerton as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. The appointments will be effective March 31.

Mr. Yust has been serving as Interim Vice President for Business Affairs since January when Dr. Terri Agee transitioned from her administrative post to a faculty role in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration.

The Vice President for Student Affairs is a new position. The University previously had a Vice President for Student Services, but that post was not filled upon the retirement of Dr. Glenn Dolence in 1996. "It is particularly important to re-establish this position because it was a major recommendation of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is scheduled to return for a focused visit in spring 2011. I want this to be solidified well before that focused visit and that's what were doing now," stated Dr. Speck.

The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two Commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting educational institutions in the North Central region that includes Missouri.

Mr. Yust served as Interim Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs in 2007 and was named to his present position as Assistant Vice President in February 2008. He previously served as Treasurer of the University for 10 years.

He previously served as Director of Accounting at the University beginning in 1993. Mr. Yust holds a C.P.A. certificate and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and an Associate of Science degree in Computer Programming from MSSU in 1981.

Prior to Mr. Yust's employment at MSSU, he worked in public accounting for 13 years, specializing in auditing.

Mr. Fullerton has served as Director of Student Life since July 2009. He has been at Missouri Southern since 1999. He currently serves as president of the Staff Senate, an elected post. He holds a M.Ed. in Recreation Administration and Management from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in Physical Education from Missouri Southern.

Prior to coming to Missouri Southern, Mr. Fullerton taught and served as the Associate Director of Recreational Sports at the University of Arkansas for seven years. In addition, Mr. Fullerton taught and served as the Director of Campus Recreation at the University of Missouri Kansas City for more than four years.

Mr. Fullerton has served in leadership roles in a variety of community organizations including: Chairman of the Board of Directors for the local American Red Cross and Service Council Member of the Missouri American Red Cross; Regiment Leader and MSSU Campaign Chair for the United Way of Southwest Missouri; President of the Carl Junction Athletic Booster Club; and Board member of the Carl Junction Youth Athletic Association. He received the American Red Cross Clara Barton Award, the highest award the American Red Cross bestows on volunteers.

"We are very fortunate to have these two dedicated and talented individuals ready to step intothese key positions," Dr. Speck stated. "It provides necessary and valuable continuity for the University. We feel the post of Vice President for Student Affairs is an important role to revive at this time as the complexity of student operations develops and the focus on efficient, convenient and quality Student Affairs becomes even more critical."

MSSU Board of Governors Chairman, Mr. Rod Anderson, echoed his confidence in the two appointments. "These are quality individuals who are dedicated to our students and the institution. The Board is pleased with these appointments and we don't feel we need to go any further to find better candidates."