Two Appointed To Missouri Western Board Of Governors

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Brig. Gen. Gregory D. Mason and Alfred Purcell to serve on the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors.

“Both of these men know Missouri Western well and will be outstanding members of the Board of Governors,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Missouri Western’s president. “Gen. Mason is an alumnus and Al Purcell is a longtime member of our Foundation’s Board of Directors.


“We look forward to benefitting from their wealth of experience.”

Gen. Mason, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., serves as Assistant Adjutant General-Army in the Missouri National Guard. He is a 1989 graduate of Missouri Western. He is also chief of exercise control for Northrop-Grumman. As Assistant Adjutant General, he has overseen emergency management efforts in Missouri, including flooding in northwest Missouri in recent years.

Purcell, of Easton, Mo., is president of Purcell Consulting. He is an authority on management systems and business processes with special emphasis on improving business results. He has extensive group facilitation experience. He has worked with a broad spectrum of organizations ranging from hospital boards, city governments, chambers of commerce, museum boards, social service boards, private and publicly held companies.

If confirmed by the Missouri Senate, the terms of Gen. Mason and Purcell would expire Oct. 29, 2018. They have been appointed to replace Dan Danford and Tommye Quilty, whose terms expired earlier this year.

The Missouri Western State University Board of Governors establishes policies, by-laws, rules and regulations for its own government and for control and government of the University; to select, appoint, and remove a president of the university; to set admission standards; and to make decisions on financial matters.