Dobbins to serve as president emeritus at Southeast MO State University

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Board of Regents at Southeast Missouri State University voted in its June meeting to add an addendum to the employment agreement with President Emeritus Kenneth Dobbins.

According to the board, long-serving emeriti presidents at many colleges and universities across the country are often retained in a modified or scaled-down role. It usually includes more flexibility in determining how he or she stays involved and contributes to the academy at the direction of the current president.

Dr. Dobbins stepped down from his role as president of the university effective on July 1.

In the addendum to his employment agreement, the Board authorized the university to pay Dobbins a reduced rate of $75 per hour for duties outlined and as directed by the university's current president, Dr. Carlos Vargas.

They say the hourly rate is roughly half of the hourly rate Dobbins was earning as president of the university.

The addendum authorizes a maximum of $75,000, which includes payment for work performed, in addition to reimbursement for reasonable and necessary expenses.

The Board expects these transitional items to be finished no later than the end of the current fiscal year, June 30, 2016.

The Board and President Vargas asked President Emeritus Dobbins to continue to represent Southeast in the St. Louis area through the university's participation in the following:

  • St. Louis Regional Chamber Board and Higher Education Subcommittee
  • Great St. Louis Boy Scout Council
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
  • Partnership initiatives with several St. Louis metropolitan colleges and universities, businesses and community colleges

Additionally, the Board asked Dobbins to assist President Vargas with transitions and introductions in the areas of the state and federal legislators, the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., major supporters and donors to the university and several other transitional items.

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