Missouri State University-West Plains

MSU-West Plains
MSU-West Plains

Missouri State University-West Plains will welcome a new chancellor next spring, as Dr. Drew Bennett is stepping down at the conclusion of the academic year.

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The chancellor of Missouri State University-West Plains, Dr. Drew Bennett, plans to retire at the conclusion of the spring 2018 semester.

Bennet made the announcement Wednesday. He will have served 11 years in the position by next May. Bennett is the 7th person to lead the West Plains campus and is the 2nd longest serving.

In a statement, Bennett said in retirement “I plan to have a ball. My wife, Elizabeth, and I have an extensive bucket list that includes travel and spending time with family.”

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Missouri State University says its opening day enrollment is 1.2 percent better than last fall’s.

The university said Monday that 21,351 students were enrolled at the Springfield campus, 244 more than this time a year ago.

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Students at Missouri State University West Plains who suffered losses during recent flooding may be eligible for financial help through the MSU system’s Emergency Scholarship Fund.

“Our Springfield colleagues reached out to us and said that they wanted to make sure that we understood that the West Plains students were eligible for this scholarship,” said Dr. Drew Bennett, chancellor of the West Plains campus.

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Students attending Missouri State University on both the Springfield and West Plains’ campuses will pay more in tuition beginning this fall.

The MSU Board of Governors formally approved the changes on Wednesday. It comes as the Missouri legislature is expected to approve a 9 percent reduction in appropriations for the state’s colleges and universities, as recommended by the governor, due to a state revenue shortfall.