Dr. Kelley Still
Director of the Edward Jones Center
Office: (417) 873-7383
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:
“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.
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