The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 14, 2013

MSSU board tight-lipped on personnel vote


An attorney for the Board of Governors of Missouri Southern State University said Friday that the board had taken a vote on personnel matters, but he did not give any more information about the subject of the vote.

Joplin attorney Ron Mitchell, after the afternoon board meeting, which lasted nearly two hours behind closed doors on the MSSU campus, said an announcement on the vote would be released by Monday.

Under state open-meetings law, public governmental bodies such as the board have up to 72 hours to release votes taken during closed meetings and related to the hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of employees. Any employee affected by the vote is entitled, under the law, to “prompt notice of such decision during the 72-hour period before any such decision is made available to the public.”

MSSU President Bruce Speck did not attend the meeting. Speck has not been in his office for at least the past two weeks. The board has met numerous times in the past three months to work on his annual evaluation.