Kendra Neely-Martin appointed as vice president of Board of Regents


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Kendra Neely-Martin appointed as vice president of Board of Regents

  1. 1. A Partnership with Southeast Missouri State University and Rust Communications • To advertise, call 573-388-2741SOUTHEAST ALUMNA AND PHILANTHROPIST HAS BEEN SERVING AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS SINCE FEB. 20Â10 ARROW • week of April 3 - 9, 2013BOARD of Regents has new vice presidentRETURNALUMNI DAY FEATURES FIVE ALUMNIThe Department of Mass Media hosted Alumni Dayto educate soon-to-be graduates on the job market.Read the story at​Kendra Neely-Martin appointed as vice president of Board of RegentsANDREA GILSCOPY EDITORKendra Neely-Martin, a philanthropist and alumna ofSoutheast Missouri State University, has served as vice presi-dent of Southeast’s Board of Regents since Feb. 20.She was appointed to the board in November 2011 by Mis-souri Gov. Jay Nixon.The members of the board volunteertheir time to make sure the university is as healthy and vital aspossible, according to Neely-Martin.It has the power and authority to change and enforce rulesand regulations pertaining student conduct and suspend orexpel students for disobedience to the rules. It can appointand dismiss all officers and teachers and make other decisionspertaining to Southeast’s management.The Board of Regents carries out an evaluation every twoyears, where they assess needs and leadership roles.The vicepresident position is a two-year commitment.Neely-Martin said her responsibilities and commitment tothe university as a vice president remain the same as her for-mer position as a board member. She said that as a regent, shestill has to make sure that Southeast is successful, that Dr. Ken-nethW. Dobbins, president of the university, is successful andthat the school is functioning well. As a vice president, Neely-Martin has to be available if board president Doyle Privett isunavailable and also provide support to Dobbins as needed.“I’m very excited to have the opportunity,” Neely-Mar-tin said.“I’m confident in my leadership and in the skills andresources that I bring to fill in the regent’s role.”Neely-Martin said her objective as vice president of theBoard of Regents is to move Southeast forward to stay ahead ofthe curve in relation to the education in the state of Missouri.“We want to continue to be the school of first choice. …Wewant to make sure that the academic programs that we offerare solid and that the students are successful,” Neely-Martinsaid.As a board member, Neely-Martin said she has had sometremendous opportunities to make decisions about thefuture of the university, including housing and expansions,capital assessment, revitalization of the campus and addingamenities.Thinking ahead, Neely-Martin said she would be hono-red to become the president of the Board of Regents but said itwill depend on the reappointment of Doyle. If that presidencyposition becomes open, elections for that office and the vicepresident position would take place.“I would be honored to have the opportunity to submit myname for the advancement as president. I think that it’s a tre-mendous honor to have the opportunity to represent a schoollike Southeast and to have your input valued by the univer-sity,” Neely-Martin said.“That role is a very critical role in rela-tion to the supporting of the president and ensuring that theuniversity is functioning at the highest level, so it would be atremendous honor but not a guaranteed honor.”Neely-Martin said that the board members would haveconversations to decide on who would lead the board best,given the need of the university.There have been many changes since Neely-Martin obtai-ned her bachelor of science in business administration atSoutheast in 1994, she said. She mentioned changes in spaceand technology, the reputation of the Harrison College ofBusiness, which has grown, and the campus itself.“It’s not the same Southeast when it comes to structurewhen I attended, but the same beautiful experience is stillhere,” Neely-Martin said.She also said that she is proud of the student organizationsthat build leadership skills and that she was happy to see theywere still intact, such as Student Government Association.Neely-Martin has served on multiple committees cente-red in diversity and educational experiences in Campus Lifeand SGA, and in Delta SigmaTheta, a sorority she has been amember of for 22 years.She also referred to Southeast’s growth in terms of diversityand international student population as“amazing.”“Being an alum and being away from Southeast for seve-ral years I just have an increased appreciation for higher edu-cation,” Neely-Martin said.“Overall, when it comes to highereducation, the more stable you are, the higher the quality ofeducation the students receive, and more importantly, there isan increased opportunity for graduates.”Besides devoting time to Southeast’s Board of Regents,Neely-Martin said she spends countless hours with membersof the St. Louis community.”In order to make a difference we have to make sure wereach as far and wide as we can as individuals to impact livesand change the process, and especially for the underservedand disenfranchised, that we create a voice,” Neely-Martinsaid.Neely-Martin is the chair of the educational developmentfor the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of DeltaSigmaTheta and works as a pharmaceutical sales specialist forAstraZeneca. She oversees the Delta Academy, a national pro-gram created to provide health and wellness training as well asinstill the values necessary to build a solid community, stated in a press release.Neely-Martin’s contributions were recognized with theJefferson Award for Public Service, a national award thatrecognizes community service, which she received in 2011.Helping the disenfranchised, selling pharmaceuticals, ser-ving in Delta SigmaTheta and serving on the Board of Regentsprovide Neely-Martin a chance to work with people withdiverse backgrounds.“To continue to become a more global environment as aplace to study is high on my list and I think Southeast shouldkeep this pace of growth and inclusion,” Neely-Martin said.“I’mveryexcitedtohavetheopportunity.I’mconfidentinmyleadershipandintheskillsandresourcesthatIbringtofillintheregent’srole.”KendraNeely-Martin