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Jann HollandPhoto provided by COXHEALTH
Jann Holland

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Drury VP joins Cox; former 5 Pound owner takes new role

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A Drury University vice president is moving to a position at CoxHealth, while Five Pound Apparel LLC’s former owner is taking on an entrepreneurial role at the private college.

Executive change-up
Jann Holland, Drury’s six-year vice president and executive director of marketing and communications, starts Jan. 30 as CoxHealth’s associate vice president of marketing and communications, according to a news release from the health care system.

In the position at CoxHealth, Holland will oversee the company’s marketing and corporate communications efforts. She’ll work under Jim Anderson, CoxHealth’s vice president of marketing and public affairs.

Holland said the position at CoxHealth follows in the footsteps of her father Dr. Richard Loeb, who worked as a physician in Springfield for 36 years. She also pointed to the opportunity to work with CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards and Anderson.

“I will be working with a talented group of marketing and public relations professionals,” Holland said in the release. “I look forward to collaborating on new initiatives that advance the CoxHealth mission.”

Drury already posted the vice president for marketing and communications position on its website. According to the job description, the winning candidate would implement a strategic marketing plan among other duties.

Yesterday, Drury President Tim Cloyd said forming a defined market positioning platform is key to growing revenue and enrollment at the university. 

Five Pound volunteer
After closing on the sale this month of socially conscious clothing retailer Five Pound Apparel, former owner Bryan Simpson is using his experience to help future entrepreneurs coming out of Drury.

Simpson said he accepted the role of entrepreneur in residence for the university, where he earned his MBA. Simpson’s not taking compensation for the work.

“I got a lot out of it, so this will be a chance to give back,” he said this morning.

In the position, Simpson will lend his time to Drury entrepreneurism and business students on a part-time basis, in what amounts to a consulting and mentoring role. He said he would be available for students to bounce ideas off of him and likely would hold monthly meetings with them.

Simpson is planning to initially volunteer at the school during the spring semester.

“Depending on how my career evolves over those six months, it might be a longer-term position,” he said.

In October, Simpson listed Five Pound for sale, saying he wanted to take on a new entrepreneurial challenge. This month, Brina and Ben Thomas bought the two-store retailer.

Simpson said he hasn’t yet determined his next personal entrepreneurial venture.

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