MBU approves new online graduate program, several faculty appointments

Missouri Baptist University's Rotunda

Missouri Baptist University’s Board of Trustees approved a new online graduate program and several faculty appointments at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 29.

The Board paved the way for the University to begin offering online courses toward a Master of Science in Corporate Security Leadership. The 36-hour program will equip students with the tools to serve as security leaders of corporations while preparing students to pass qualifying examinations for key certification credentials in the security industry.

The first classes for the program are expected to begin in January of 2015.

MBU trustees also approved the appointments of the following faculty members.

• Dr. Sheri Brandes, assistant professor of education. Dr. Brandes, who holds an Ed.D. in Education Leadership, Teaching and Learning from MBU, most recently worked as the interim department chair and English teacher for the Troy School District. She has also worked as a teacher in the Fort Zumwalt School District.
• Mr. Victor Kizer, visiting lecturer for health and sport sciences. Mr. Kizer holds a master of science degree in Fitness Management and owns Kizer Performance and Fitness, a fitness training company. Kizer served for more than 14 years in the United States Army where he completed a tour to southern Iraq and worked as a master resiliency trainer and master fitness trainer.
• Dr. Julie Ooms, assistant professor of English. Dr. Ooms holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University with a concentration in 20th Century Literature. She has presented her academic work at numerous conferences, and has had her research published in several academic journals Recently, Dr. Ooms was named a semi-finalist in the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellows Program, a highly-competitive program for recent Ph.D. graduates with a commitment to relating Christian faith to academic vocation.
• Dr. Alicia Pate, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology. Dr. Pate holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology from St. Louis University. Most recently, Dr. Pate worked as a publications manager for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals where she ensured scientific rigor and fair balance of publications for various products. There, she authored numerous abstracts and presented at industry-related conferences.
• Dr. Julia Schroeder, professor of education and natural sciences and dean of the Southern Illinois regional learning centers. For several years, Dr. Schroeder has worked to develop MBU’s presence in Southern Illinois. Before that, she served as the vice president for instruction at John A. Logan College. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Southern Illinois University.

In other business, Trustees approved:

• A resolution of appreciation recognizing Marcy Hart who established the Marcy Madison Scholarship in honor of her mother, Marcy Madison. Members of the President’s Club, which is comprised of donors who have given $1,000 or more to MBU in the last year, were also recognized.
• The nomination of Mary Pillsbury-Wainwright to the Board for a three-year term. Bob Angle, Randall Bunch, Bob Einertson, Randy Fullerton, Frank Haase, John Hessel, John Hooker Ed Plants and Jerry Rogers were re-elected to the Board.
• The election of the following trustees as officers of the Board: Ven Houts, chairman; Bill Miller, vice chairman; and Randy Fullerton, secretary.