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David Meinert is scheduled to be confirmed as dean at the MSU Board of Governor’s Dec. 13 meeting.
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David Meinert is scheduled to be confirmed as dean at the MSU Board of Governor’s Dec. 13 meeting.

MSU College of Business promotes from within for dean

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Last edited 1:39 p.m., Nov. 6, 2018

David Meinert is officially Stephanie Bryant’s successor at the Missouri State University College of Business.

Meinert, the college’s former associate dean, over a year ago became interim dean after Bryant accepted a job as executive vice president and chief accreditation officer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in Tampa, Florida. Bryant had led the college since August 2011, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

The MSU Board of Governors is scheduled to confirm Meinert as COB dean at its Dec. 13 meeting, according to a news release.

“I believe David has the right personality and many good ideas that will help build our future in the College of Business,” MSU Provost Frank Einhellig said in the release. “He has a history of good personal interactions, a firm understanding of budgetary challenges and an unquestioned work ethic.”

The college’s associate dean from 2008 to 2017, Meinert has served as director of the Executive Master of Business Administration program since 2008 and the Executive Master of Health Administration program since 2012. He began working at MSU in 1990 as an assistant professor of computer information systems.

MSU conducted a national search process for Bryant’s successor that yielded 26 applications. Three came to campus for in-person interviews and two were considered finalists, according to the release.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead one of the largest, and arguably best, business programs in the Midwest,” Meinert said in the release. “I look forward to continuing to work with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the business community to advance and build on the college’s tradition of excellence.”

Meinert’s base salary as dean is $197,375, plus $40,000 from the David D. Glass Distinguished Leadership Chair, said MSU spokeswoman Andrea Mostyn.

The COB operates the six departments of finance and general business, management and information technology, marketing, the School of Accountancy, merchandising and fashion design, and technology and construction management. There are roughly 5,600 majors within the department, Mostyn said.

Meinert took over as interim dean last year as the college completed its $33.8 million renovation and expansion of Glass Hall — which houses the COB — and its new Robert Gourley Student Success Center.

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Robert Lunn, PhD, Prof of Mgt Emeritus

Excellent selection by MSU. Dr. Meinert is a top-tier professional with demonstrated integrity, collaborative skills, and an entrepreneurial approach.

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