MBU trustees approve faculty appointments  

Missouri Baptist University’s Board of Trustees approved several faculty appointments and was notified of faculty and staff retirements at its regularly scheduled meeting May 28.

The following longtime faculty members retired at the conclusion of the 2014-1-2015 academic year: Dr. Terry Chrisope, professor of history and Bible, Dr. Emily Christensen, associate professor of natural sciences, Dr. Carl Holschen, associate professor of education, Mr. Ray Killebrew, assistant professor of communications, Mrs. Pat Lacey, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Wei-Cheun Liu Tai, associate professor of mathematics. In addition, longtime staff member Mrs. Linda Chrisope, director of records, has retired.

The Board unanimously approved the appointments of the following faculty members:

  • Dr. Andrew Elvington, assistant professor of health sciences. Dr. Elvington holds a doctor of philosophy in biomedical sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is currently conducting post-doctoral research in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine.
  • Mr. Mark Lawley, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. Since 2011, Mr. Lawley has served as director of music education at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. Mr. Lawley holds a master of music in choral conducting from Missouri State University.
  • Dr. Jason Vermette, assistant professor of mathematics. Dr. Vermette holds a doctor of philosophy in mathematics from The University of Deleware. Since 2012, Dr. Vermette has worked as a course instructor at the University of Delaware.
  • Mr. Jeremy Ruckstaetter, assistant professor of counseling education. Mr. Ruckstaetter is expected to complete his PhD in counseling and education and supervision from Regent University in August. Mr. Ruckstaetter has worked as a professional counselor in a variety of settings.
  • Dr. Susan Hladky, assistant professor of education. Dr. Hladky holds a doctor of education from Lindenwood University. Dr. Hladky has more than 25 years of experience in the public school district setting. Most recently, Dr. Hladky served as the assistant superintendent of human resources for the Wentzville R-IV School District.

In other business, Trustees approved a resolution of appreciation for members of the Presidents Club, which is comprised of donors who have given $1,000 or more to MBU in the last year.