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Frank Einhellig, Penni Groves named to permanent positions

Thursday, November 29, 2012

University SealIn his first personnel actions as the permanent Missouri State University president, Clifton M. Smart III has removed the “interim” title from two central administrators: Provost Frank Einhellig and General Counsel Penni Groves.

In its meeting today (Nov. 29), the Missouri State Board of Governors Executive Committee approved the two appointments, both of which are effective Jan. 1, 2013. The appointments will be ratified at the Board of Governors meeting Dec. 14.

“I am pleased that Frank and Penni have accepted these appointments on a permanent basis,” said Smart. “Both of them have done excellent work in their interim roles and I look forward to making progress on a whole host of issues with them in the coming years. I believe Missouri State will be a better university because of these two appointments.”

Einhellig plans to serve the next 18 months as the permanent provost and chancellor of the Mountain Grove campus before either retiring or returning to the faculty after June 30, 2014. His salary will be $210,000 and other benefits will include funding for professional development, entertainment and travel expenses.

“I am very pleased to be able to continue my service as provost of Missouri State. I am very proud of this university because I know we have a learning environment where students receive an excellent education from a dedicated faculty and staff who care about them,” Einhellig said. “I look forward to working with President Smart, the deans and all of my colleagues as we envision the future and further strengthen the academic excellence of Missouri State programs.”

Einhellig joined Missouri State as dean of the Graduate College in 1992 from the University of South Dakota. Under his leadership, Missouri State more than doubled both the number of graduate programs and the number of graduate students. He became the interim provost in June 2011 when Clif Smart was named interim president. Einhellig also served as interim provost from 2005-06.

Einhellig received bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

Groves assumes the position of permanent general counsel after serving as interim general counsel since 2011. Prior to that, Groves served as Missouri State’s legal counsel from 2004-11. Groves has practiced law for 23 years and was formerly a partner at Daniel, Clampett, Powell & Cunningham, LLC.

In her role as general counsel, she provides legal advice and services to the Board of Governors and the president, as well as administrators, faculty and staff. She has the responsibility for representing the university on all claims against it.

Groves holds a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University. Her salary will be $128,000.

“I am pleased and privileged to transition from interim to permanent general counsel and look forward to continuing my service to the university,” Groves said.

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