MBU trustees appoint faculty, approve budget

Missouri Baptist University trustees appointed several key faculty members and approved an expansive annual budget at their regularly-scheduled meeting Feb. 28.

The board unanimously approved the appointments of  the following candidates:

  • Dr. Melanie Bishop was appointed as the University’s Dean of Education. As the leader of the University’s largest academic division, Bishop will work to strategically advance the education division’s undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Bishop currently works at St. Charles Community College as its education program coordinator and as an associate professor. From 2005-2010, Bishop worked as an assistant professor at Lindenwood University. She began her career in the education industry working as a classroom mathematics teacher for eight years.
  • David Collum was appointed assistant professor of natural sciences and data analyst. Collum’s career spans more than 30 years in the science industry, spending time as a chemist for Monsanto, Mallinckrodt Chemical, Inc., and the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Dr. Glenn Hopp was appointed professor of English. Hopp, who received his doctorate from University of Missouri-Columbia, has worked for the last 25 years as a professor of English at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. For the last 12 years, Hopp has assumed the responsibility of head of Howard Payne’s English Department.
  • Dr. Alicia Noddings was appointed assistant professor of education. Noddings, who received her doctorate from St. Louis University, is currently employed at Chesterfield Day School where she has held various administrative roles, including principal and acting head master.

In addition, the following MBU faculty members, who each held the rank of associate professor in their respective divisions, were promoted to the rank of professor.

  • Dr. Carol Austin to professor of counseling and human services
  • Dr. Lydia Thebeau to professor of biology
  • Dr. Van Vaughn to professor of counseling and education.

The University’s 2013-2014 operating budget was also approved. The budget represents a 8.6 percent increase from last year—ensuring that key strategic initiatives will be completed. At the same time, the budget includes a 4.9 percent tuition increase, which is below the national average, at most academic sites–including undergraduate programs at the University’s main campus.

Trustees also approved resolutions of appreciation to benefactors Ken and Shari Revenaugh, Steven Zabriski, the Lake Educational Trust Fund and to members of the President’s Club, which is comprised of donors who have given $1,000 or more to MBU in the last year.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.