MSSU gets new degree, new VP of Academic Affairs

Msssu Gets New Degree New Vp Of Academic Affairs
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern State University announces a new degree program and a new leadership member.

New Vice Provost

MSSU names Dr. Lisa Toms as the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. University officials chose her for the position after a national search with more than 80 applicants.

She currently serves as the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Central Missouri. She’ll join Missouri Southern on Feb. 15, 2022.

“I am honored to join a university that provides opportunities for students of all backgrounds to improve their lives through higher education,” said Toms. “The mission of Missouri Southern is one that aligns with my desire to invest in students.”

Toms was introduced during the Board of Governors meeting held Friday, Jan. 14, during which a new degree program was also approved.

New MSSU Degree

The College of Business and the Kinesiology Department will offer an interdisciplinary bachelor’s program in Sport and Recreation Management, pending approval by the HLC.

The new degree was proposed to address the increased interest and employment opportunities available in the recreation and sport industry.

“We’re very excited about this new program,” said Dr. Jeffrey Zimmerman, Dean, College of Business. “It was designed from the ground up with employability of our students in mind.”

The Bachelor of Science in Sport and Recreation Management will fit within the 120-credit-hour model and includes a 41-credit hour sport and recreation management core developed to provide students with employment-related skills in the athletics, recreation and leisure service agencies.