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Missouri State, Drury and Evangel universities recently appointed new executives.

MSU hired a new chief information officer.

Jeff Coiner, who’s been director of information systems for the city of Springfield since 2007, is scheduled to start July 8 at the university. He succeeds Jeff Morrissey, who retired after holding the MSU role since 2008, according to a news release.

“Jeff brings a wealth of experience in information technology leadership to Missouri State,” President Clif Smart said in the release. “I’m confident he will enrich the learning environment of the campus community through the innovative use of IT.”

A 1998 MSU graduate, Coiner will be responsible for the university’s technology planning, management, security and resource coordination, as well as digital transformation work. In his current role at the city, he manages a $5 million department budget.

At MSU, his salary will be $148,000, said a spokesperson.

Until Coiner starts July 8, MSU Director of Computer Services Theresa McCoy will serve as interim CIO, according to the release.

At Drury University, an interim dean was put in place at the Breech School of Business.

Clifton Petty was appointed for two years to the position, effective this month, according to a news release.

Petty succeeds Jin Wang, who took on the dean position in summer 2017. Drury spokesman Mike Brothers said Wang “decided to return to the faculty” and that he was not asked to step down as dean. Wang’s staff profile at indicates he has taught courses including public finance and comparative economic systems.

A professor of management, Petty has worked at Drury since 1993, according to the release.

“Clif teaches his students that service and professionalism are vital to building trust in business today,” Drury President Tim Cloyd said in the release. “I cannot think of a better role model to serve as interim dean.”

Samantha Tyler was named the new human resources director at Evangel.

Tyler, who has worked in the school’s HR department since 2016, started as its director in the spring, according to a news release issued yesterday. She succeeded Ocki Haas, an 18-year Evangel HR employee who left to join Ozarks Technical Community College as director of human resources.

“Samantha completed her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Evangel in December 2006, landed an HR job with Prime Inc. a month later, and has enjoyed a steady career of advancement and experience ever since,” said Linda Allen, vice president of business and finance at Evangel, in the release. “During her time at Evangel, she has partnered with leaders across the campus and has built a high level of confidence in her knowledge and abilities.”

Tyler also is board president of the Springfield Area Human Resources Association.


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