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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:
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.
Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.
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