Contact:
Office of Marketing & Communications
Office: (417) 873-7228
Fax: (417) 873-7435
drury@drury.edu

Drury University names Dr. Kelley Still Director of Edward Jones Center

For Immediate Release: March 1

Media Contact:
Dr. Kelley Still
Director of the Edward Jones Center
Office: (417) 873-7383
E-mail: kstill@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 1, 2010 — Dr. Kelley Still has been named the director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) at Drury. Still will begin her duties on April 1. She takes over for John Schnoebelen who served as the EJC’s interim director since October 2009 after former director Dawn Hiles became Drury’s dean of admission.

A graduate of Drury’s Master of Business Administration program, Still went on to earn a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Oklahoma and has taught at Drury for the past 15 years. Still’s teaching areas are primarily in tax, financial statement analysis and management decision analysis. She annually directs the free income tax service for low-income and senior citizen taxpayers provided by Drury accounting majors. Still has a long history in entrepreneurship both in her academic research and in the private sector. She also has considerable experience in social entrepreneurship, both with new programming inside of Drury and with other non-profit agencies in Springfield.

“We have worked with Dr. Still and her students and have benefited from her passion and leadership,” says Jack Stack, CEO of SRC Holdings and a member of Drury’s Board of Trustees. “She has done a terrific job as a professor, but more importantly she was the consummate advocate for Drury and her students. She is the perfect person for this position.”

As director of the Edward Jones Center, Still plans to focus on three major aspects:

  • Curriculum and service to the Drury community. Still plans to enhance the curriculum in Drury’s entrepreneurship minor. She also hopes to incubate and encourage student startups and continue the success of the Edward Jones minority scholars. EJC has awarded 20 $10,000 scholarships to self-identifying minority students who choose to pursue the entrepreneurship minor.
  • Community. The EJC currently conducts the Women in Entrepreneurship and the Self-Employment in the Arts conferences. EJC will build on that foundation to offer more outreach opportunities, and it will continue to work with the Springfield Angel Investor Network to identify promising startups.
  • Research. The EJC intends to support research in entrepreneurship, both within the center and by supporting research at other institutions.

“We at Edward Jones are delighted to have someone of Dr. Still’s stature to provide leadership at the center as we expand the minority scholarships program from 20 to 40 over the next two years, explore new and better ways to leverage entrepreneurship for the general good of the Springfield community, and research innovative ways to strengthen the growth of commerce in the greater Springfield area,” says John Beuerlein, chairman of the Drury Board of Trustees and a general partner with Edward Jones.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was founded in January 2007 through contributions from Beuerlein, his wife Crystal, and Edward Jones, a St. Louis-based financial services firm. Drury President Todd Parnell served as the inaugural executive director for the center. The vision of the center is to arm entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge necessary to create new, innovative ventures.

###

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.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.