Drury University

Drury University, Wallace Hall
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An annual fundraiser at Drury University has netted $212,000, marking a 15 percent increase for the school over last year.

This was the third year of its “531 Challenge,” which seeks that many donors giving at any level prior to the last day of May – or 5/31.

In total, 644 people gave to Drury, which is a five percent increase in donors from last year. The $212,000 purse was aided by a $50,000 challenge gift from Drury alumna Bobbi Springer. The class of ’49 graduate committed to give that amount if the participation goal was met.

Dan Prater
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Roughly 55,000 volunteers dedicated more than 155,000 combined hours to service projects in Greene and Christian Counties. That’s according to 2015 data compiled by Drury’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

The Center’s Special Advisor Dr. Sarah Smith and Executive Director Dan Prater presented the survey results on campus Tuesday.

“We wanted to inform community leaders of the importance of (volunteerism) and the work that is being done,” Prater said. “If you are a for-profit company, you really ought to be doing civic engagement.”

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James Timothy  Cloyd, who will take over as Drury University’s president this summer, met with members of the university and the community Saturday morning. His priorities as president, he says, will include increasing net revenue and the school's endowment, raising enrollment and delivering on the promise of opportunity at the liberal arts college.

Timothy Cloyd
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Dr. James Timothy Cloyd will serve as the 18th president of Drury University, effective July 1.

The Board of Trustees made the announcement Friday afternoon, following the recent conclusion of a national search that attracted nearly 200 applicants, including 30 present and former college presidents.

The 54-year-old Cloyd served as president of Hendrix College, in Conway, Arkansas from 2001-2014. The liberal arts school has been nationally recognized for its teaching and financial operations.  

He'll replace Dr. David Manual, who will retire as president this May.

Drury to Announce New President This Weekend

Apr 7, 2016

The nationwide search for a new president at Drury University has come to an end. The school intends to release the name of the finalist following election by the Board of Trustees Friday afternoon. A meet-and-greet is planned for Saturday morning.

The position became available in late October when the current president, Dr. David Manuel, announced plans to retire this May.