Drury University's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of between 20 and 40 members, the number being determined from time to time by the Board. Trustees are elected by the existing Board. Each trustee serves for a term of four years and may be re-elected for subsequent terms.

In addition to the voting members of the Board, there are provisions for Emeritus Trustees and Life Trustees. Trustees who have served with distinction on the Board may, with the consent of the trustee, be approved by a majority vote of trustees as Emeritus Trustees. A former trustee may be designated a Life Trustee if he/she has demonstrated (1) proven devotion and dedication to higher education, especially to the University; (2) outstanding service and assistance to the president and his staff; and (3) unusual and outstanding stewardship of resources on behalf of the University. Emeritus Trustees and Life Trustees may attend and participate in meetings of the Board, but they have no vote.

The president of the university and president of the Alumni Council serve on the Board as ex-officio members.

Responsibilities & Authority

The Board of Trustees has ultimate institutional authority, having and exercising those powers and duties prescribed by law, by the Bylaws, and by the Articles of Association. These responsibilities include the authority to:

  • Appoint the president of the university.
  • Determine the course of study and instruction to be pursued in the university or any of its departments.
  • Ordain the necessary bylaws and regulations for the government and direction of all officers, instructors, students and servants of the university and for the general management of all its affairs.

Meetings & Operations

The trustees meet as a full Board two times each year, once in the fall and once in the spring. An executive committee, consisting of the officers of the Board, the chairs of all Board committees, and two at-large members, supervises the affairs of the university between meetings of the full Board. The Board also operates through a series of standing committees (besides the executive committee) including committees on finance, investments, academic affairs, student affairs, board organization, advancement, and athletics.

Drury's Board of Trustees is comprised of dedicated professionals with demonstrated success in their chosen fields, a passion for Drury, and a commitment to Drury's ongoing success.

Drury's purpose, as stated in the articles of association:

" to afford to youth of both sexes ample facilities of instruction and discipline in those arts and sciences, a knowledge of which constitutes what is commonly known as a 'liberal education' by always maintaining in said college as comprehensive courses of study and as high standard of instruction and scholarship as prevail in other American colleges of the first rank and at the same time to train youth in the high morality and culture of the Christian religion."

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Photo of trustee Kris AndersonKris Anderson
Photo of trustee Tom McAlearTom McAlear
1972, 1975 MBA
Photo of trustee Rick AyreFrederick R. “Rick” Ayre
Photo of trustee Mark McDonaldMark McDonald, M.D.
Photo of trustee Rita BaronRita Baron
Chair of the Board
Photo of trustee Ronald NevilleRonald A. Neville
Photo of trustee Jan BaumgartnerJan Baumgartner 
Photo of trustee Beth PileBeth Pile
Photo of trustee Jane BriteJane Brite
Photo of trustee Emily PittsEmily Pitts
Photo of trustee Diana BuggDiana L. Bugg
Photo of trustee Thomas PraterThomas G. Prater, M.D.
Photo of trustee Robert CoxRobert M. Cox, Jr.
Photo of trustee Lyle ReedLyle D. Reed
1970, 1972 MBA
Photo of trustee Jack DeloJack Delo
Photo of trustee Tim ReeseTim Reese
Photo of trustee Rob DickersonRob Dickerson
Photo of trustee Terry Lynn ReynoldsTerry Lynn Reynolds
Photo of trustee Curtis DinanCurtis Dinan
Photo of trustee John RickettsJohn W. Ricketts
1971 MBA
Photo of trustee Steve EdwardsSteve Edwards
Vice Chair of the Board
Photo of trustee Steve SeibertSteve Seibert
Photo of trustee Gail FredrickGail L. Fredrick
1969, 1972 (MBA)
Photo of trustee James R. SpanglerJames R. Spangler
Photo of trustee Lindsay FrenchLindsay French
2002, 2004 (MBA)
Photo of trustee Rob StaabRon Staab
Photo of trustee Walter GeorgeWalter N. George III
Photo of trustee Thomas StoutThomas R. Stout
Treasurer of the Board
Photo of trustee Kim HammKim Hamm
Photo of trustee Gorm TuxenGorm Tuxen
Photo of trustee Bill HartBill Hart
Secretary of the Board
Photo of trustee William VaughanWilliam D. Vaughan
Photo of trustee Susie HenrySusie Henry
Photo of trustee Mark WalkerMark Walker
Photo of trustee Danny LayDanny Lay
Photo of trustee Tom WarrenTom Warren
Photo of trustee Sarah LewisSarah M. Lewis


Life Trustees

Life Trustees are former Trustees who have demonstrated: (1) proven devotion and dedication to higher education, especially to the University; (2) outstanding service and assistance to the President and his staff; and (3) unusual and outstanding stewardship of resources on behalf of the University. Current Life Trustees are:

Emeritus Trustees

Emeritus Trustees are former Trustees who have served as Trustee with distinction and have been designated as Emeritus Trustees by the Board. Current Emeritus Trustees are: