Drury University

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Drury University is finalizing a search committee roster composed of various school officials and alumni that will help choose the school’s next president.

In late October, current president Dr. David Manuel said he’ll retire in May at the end of his contractual commitment. 


Drury’s president is stepping down.  Dr. David Manuel says he’ll retire in May at the end of his contractual commitment. 

In letters to faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni sent late Thursday, the 68-year-old president thanked the Drury community for the opportunity to lead the institution. 

CNN analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffery Toobin calls the criticism against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “unfair” and “completely baffling.” Toobin, who is the author of two books on the nation’s high court, says despite major decisions in which Roberts – a George W. Bush appointee – sided with the court’s more liberal justices, his track record shows he is typically at odds with Democratic President Barack Obama.

Drury University to Open Observatory on Professor's Property

Oct 21, 2015

A telescope that has been sitting in a closet at Drury University for nearly 20 years is about to get a new home. That home, and new observatory, is the backyard of associate professor Greg Ojakangas.

“There was no place to put this telescope. It’s a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain, high quality telescope, but there was nothing available as far as a place to permanently house it,” said Ojkangas.

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Drury University in Springfield has confirmed it will not renew the contracts for five faculty members next school year and another seven the following year. In addition, three tenure-track faculty members will be reassigned to other university roles.

It says the dozen cuts are a result in overall enrollment decline in Drury’s traditional undergraduate day school. University Spokesman Mike Brothers says there were 1,454 students in fall 2014 compared to 1,315 this fall. 

According to a statement, the affected faculty members were notified of the change on Sept. 25.