Two long-time Missouri State Bears announce retirements
Two long-time employees of Missouri State University have announced their retirements: Vice President for Student Affairs Earle Doman and Executive Director of Alumni Relations Julie Ebersold. Doman’s retirement is effective May 1, 2013, while Ebersold will remain until a successor is named.
“Simply stated, Missouri State is a better university because of the work of Earle Doman and Julie Ebersold,” said Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III. “We will work hard to find replacements for these two key positions, but we will not replace Earle and Julie. It is not possible. They brought a combination of expertise and passion that sets them apart. We will miss them both.”
Doman held a number of student affairs positions at Missouri State from 1976-87, including dean of students-men, associate dean of students and vice president for student affairs. After serving as the vice president for student services and athletic director at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Doman returned to Missouri State as the dean of students in 1999. He has served as the vice president for student affairs since 2008, when his predecessor, Dr. Don Aripoli, retired.
During Doman’s tenure as vice president for student affairs, Missouri State set several enrollment records, including the latest in fall 2012. During his watch, Taylor Health and Wellness achieved several national recognitions. In addition, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education recognized Missouri State University as one of 50 colleges and universities committed to the NASPA Lead Initiative, which focuses on civic learning and democratic engagement; the organization also named Doman the James Rhatigan Outstanding Dean Award recipient in 2007. He helped develop the Citizen Scholar Award and led the upgrading of residence life facilities as well as the grand opening of the Foster Family Recreation Center.
“Missouri State University has been and will always remain for me a special place,” Doman said. “The vast majority of my employment in higher education has been with Missouri State University; my three sons grew up in this community; my wife received her college degree from Missouri State; this coming fall my oldest granddaughter will begin her college career at Missouri State. Springfield has been for 24 years our home, and it will remain our home.”
Kyle Moats, director of athletics, will chair the search committee that will begin a national search immediately for a new vice president to start before classes begin in fall 2013.
Ebersold became the director of alumni relations in 1984. She served in a number of positions at the university since 1975, including office manager of alumni affairs from 1982-84.
“Julie loves Missouri State and has represented this institution so very well for the past 36 years,” said Brent Dunn, vice president for university advancement. “She has made significant positive impact on the entire alumni program and has established great relationships with many of our alumni and friends from around the country.”
During her tenure, Ebersold witnessed significant growth of the alumni association, which presently includes more than 100,000 graduates and former students. The alumni association communicates with alumni on a regular basis through the publication of Missouri State Magazine, which provides a wide variety of articles about people and programs on the Missouri State campus, as well as updates about fellow alumni. Ebersold also oversaw the growth of an assortment of programs and activities to help alumni stay in touch with the university, including chapter meetings, Homecoming, class and special reunions, promotional events, the Flying Bears travel program and others.
“I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be associated with university throughout my entire career,” Ebersold said. “It has been an honor to work with the many alumni and friends who are such loyal members of the Missouri State family.”
The search for Ebersold’s position will begin immediately; Dunn will chair the committee.