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Drury University adds six new members to the Board of Trustees

For Immediate Release: November 19

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 19, 2009 —Drury University welcomed five new members to its Board of Trustees when the group met for its bi-annual meeting in October. Joining the Board of Trustees in 2009 are:

  • Bill Hart,’63, Hart is a partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP in its Springfield, Mo. office. Bill has served as a member and president of the Springfield School Board and as a member of the boards of the Springfield Public School Foundation, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Springfield Business and Development Corporation, the United Way of the Ozarks and Legal Aid of the Ozarks.

  • Aaron Jones,’95, received his Juris Doctor in 1998 and his Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution in 2009. He has practiced law with Hulston, Jones & Marsh since 1998, and has also served as a municipal prosecutor and municipal judge. From 2006 to 2008 he was the young lawyer liaison to the Board of Governors of the Missouri Bar and is the current Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Kathy Wingo Daniel, ’69, owned and directed a private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma for fifteen years before moving to Houston, Texas with her family. She attended Drury from 1966-69 and graduated from The University of Tulsa in 1970. Kathy is now living in Boulder, Co. and is an active member of the Junior League of Denver, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder Community Food Share, First Presbyterian Church and is a Board member at the University of Colorado Pi Beta Phi House Corporation.

  • Andi Solaiman,’84, Solaiman works in the Salim Group, a highly diversified group of companies with worldwide operations and businesses in countries around the world such as Australia, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa.

  • Lyle Reed, ’70, is a returning Trustee and chairman of Foretravel, Inc., a manufacturer of luxury motorcoaches in Nacogdoches, Texas. Lyle completed a 30-year career in the railroad industry where he last served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroads.

Just this past week, Springfield businessman Doug Pitt accepted an invitation to join Drury’s Board of Trustees. Pitt owns ServiceWorld Computer Center Inc. and is a former Chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Last spring, Pitt and his family donated $600,000 to Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center. The court in the new arena will be named after Doug’s father, William A. Pitt.

“When I attended basketball games at Drury as a child I never imagined that I would get to be involved in the university’s future or in helping a new arena get off the ground,” Pitt said. “I’m happy to have witnessed Drury’s history, and I’m honored and excited to be a partner in its future.”

“This group of six new Trustees adds breadth and depth to an already strong group of advisors and decision makers,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “With a mixture of youth and experience, residents and out-of-towners, these six Trustees will help Drury continue the positive growth it has enjoyed over the last several years.”

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Drury University consisting of 40 members, eight of whom are elected by the alumni association and serve as alumni trustees. The other 32 trustee positions are elected by the board as successor trustees. Both successor and alumni trustees serve for terms of four years and may be re-elected for subsequent terms.

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