Truman president resigns

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | 2:09 p.m. CDT

KIRKSVILLE — The president of Truman University, Barbara Dixon, has resigned after five years leading the school.

Dixon's resignation will be effective Oct. 15.

The resignation was announced Tuesday in a joint letter from Dixon and Mark Wasinger, chairman of the Truman State University Board of Governors.

The letter says that Dixon and the board determined that they could not agree on goals and expectations for the future.

Dixon says she believes it is in everyone's best interest that she resign. Wasinger praised her, saying the university had grown in significant ways under Dixon's leadership.

The board is expected to appoint an interim president soon and then begin a search for Dixon's replacement.


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Ellis Smith September 16, 2008 | 2:53 p.m.

This is unfortunate, although of course we don't know the details. Truman State University is the highest ranked of all Missouri state-supported universities and colleges by both Kiplinger and U. S. News, and that's been true for some years. Hopefully this change won't adversely affect the school's future academic standing.

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