President Barbara Dixon Resigns and Board Appoints Darrell Krueger As Interim President

The Truman State University Board of Governors Chair Mark Wasinger announced on Tuesday Sept. 16 that the Board had accepted the resignation of University President Barbara Dixon, effective at the close of business Oct. 15, 2008. The Board and the president have been in conversation for the past three months regarding the goals and expectations for the future and recently concluded that it is unlikely they would arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement.

“Our talks have been professional and friendly, but given our differences, I believe at this point that it is in everyone’s best interest that I step down from my position,” Dixon said. “I recognize the timing is not optimal, but appreciate the Board’s consideration in accepting my resignation at this time.”

In accepting the resignation of Dixon, Wasinger noted: “President Dixon has accomplished a great deal during her tenure as University President for which we are grateful. Under her guidance and leadership, the University has shown significant progress in many areas. She has demonstrated courage and perseverance in discharging her duties as President of Truman State University.”

Areas in which the University has shown significant progress are facilities improvement, advancement/fundraising including launching the first comprehensive campaign, academic reorganization that established academic departments with faculty chairs, enhancement of faculty salaries, and several outstanding hires of senior administrative staff. Other areas where Dixon has made an impact include the creation of a Staff Council, and most recently the development of a classification/compensation system for all non-faculty positions that will provide better market equity and promotional opportunities for staff.

In her five years at Truman, Dixon has been selected by her colleagues to serve in several leadership positions including president of Missouri Council on Public Higher Education from 2005-2007, president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges from 2005-2007, and currently as an at-large member of the NCAA Division II President’s Council.

On Friday, Sept. 19 Wasinger announced the Board had appointed Darrell Krueger to serve as the interim president of Truman. Krueger will begin his duties on Oct. 16.

Krueger served as the 13th president of Winona State University from 1989-2005. During his tenure as president he was nationally recognized for his work in outcomes assessment. Under his leadership, Winona State University became one of the most technologically advanced universities in the nation with one of the largest laptop university programs supporting more than 8,000 laptop computers across campus.

Prior to his arrival in Winona, Krueger served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of instruction at Truman State University for 16 years. Before he received that appointment he was an assistant professor of political science for two years.

“We are very fortunate to have someone with such a wealth of higher education experience and a person who knows our University so well,” Wasinger said.

“It is a great honor to be asked by the Board to serve as Truman’s interim president,” Krueger said. “I am thrilled to be returning to a University and community that my family and I love. I look forward to working with the campus community to continue to move the University forward.”

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