As of Aug 28, the number two position at Missouri Western State University, provost, has been filled with a long time Missouri Western personality. Jeanne Daffron, Missouri Western alum, has now accepted the position of provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.
University President, Robert Vartabedian, made the suggestion to the board of governors at the last closed session.
“We were very happy to make this ‘official’ as of our board meeting on Thursday, August 27th,” Vartabedian said. “I was quite pleased that she was willing to accept our position as provost at this particularly important time in the university’s history.”
Vartabedian is quick to demonstrate why Daffron is the person for the job.
“Dr. Daffron has served Missouri Western extremely well for 32 years,” Vartabedian said. “She has held numerous, important administrative positions here. She has been heavily involved in our community including serving as the past chair of the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce. Finally, she has been the recipient of an impressive list of teaching, administrative and community awards.”
Daffron has worked in a number of positions at Western, including faculty in the nursing program, department chair of nursing and dean of the College of Professional Studies. She has even served as interim provost before Joseph Bragin was selected and again after his recent departure. In some sense this job could be old hat to her.
“Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it old hat,” Daffron said. “I do have some advantages from knowing who to call, or who knows about what. I know how this university works.”
So how does the new number two feel about the job?
“I guess I would just like to say that I am honored to be the provost at Western,” Daffron said. “I am so proud of Western and look forward to playing a role in the exciting future of our university. The support that has been expressed by many students, faculty and staff is truly appreciated. There are so many who give so much every day to make this a great place to learn and work.”