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May 21, 2013

Crowder president to join MSSU staff

Alan Marble, who will retire as president of Crowder College in June, has been hired as special assistant to the president of Missouri Southern State University.

“With his long experience in higher education administration and his intricate knowledge of the needs of students, we knew Dr. Marble would be a great fit at MSSU,” President Bruce Speck said in a statement that announced the transition. “We’re looking forward to welcoming Dr. Marble to our team and working with him to continue the growth of Missouri Southern.”

Marble will begin on July 1 at MSSU, where he will focus on a variety of projects. Earlier this week, he announced his intention to retire from Crowder after 27 years with the college, including six as president.

“I’m looking forward to this next step at Missouri Southern, and I’m excited to see how the schools can continue to collaborate for the betterment of students across the region,” he said in a statement.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Speck said Marble will fill a new position on the president’s council. He said he thinks Marble will be particularly instrumental in helping MSSU foster working relationships with local community colleges, and in assisting the Southern Foundation on its fundraising projects.

“We know that as we move forward we need to have good relationships with community colleges to foster access to Missouri Southern. Alan has a wide network that way,” Speck said. “(He also will be) very helpful in terms of fundraising. He brings a whole knowledge of fundraising and contacts that we don’t have access to.”

Also on Tuesday, the board of trustees at Crowder College announced that former President Kent Farnsworth will serve as the college’s interim president for the 2013-14 academic year. He will begin July 1.

Farnsworth served as Crowder’s president for 19 years before stepping down in 2004 to become the director of the Community College Leadership program and the Center for International Community College Education and Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Farnsworth retired from UMSL in 2010, and he and his wife, Holly, have returned to Newton County. According to the college, he also is a leadership coach for the national Achieving the Dream initiative sponsored by the Lumina Foundation, working with colleges nationwide to improve student success, and has been an adviser for the development of new community college systems in Southeast Asia.

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