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Contracts Renewed for Three Missouri State Administrators

MSU's Administration Building, Carrington Hall/Credit: Scott Harvey

Missouri State University Provost Dr. Frank Einhellig, Athletic Director Kyle Moats, and MSU West Plains Chancellor Dr. Drew Bennett have new contracts.

In a release Monday, President Clif Smart called the three key members of the administration team.

“I depend on all of them and I am glad they have agreed to help continue to build and advance the university,” Smart said.

All of the new agreements are effective July 1, 2014. The employment letters will be presented to the Board of Governors’ Executive Committee for approval at the April 16 meeting, and then be ratified by the full Board at its May 15 meeting.

Bios and contract details submitted by Missouri State University:

Dr. Frank Einhellig

Einhellig has been provost since July 1, 2011, first as interim and since January 1, 2013, as permanent. His new letter of appointment runs through June 30, 2016. His 2014-15 salary, including a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment, will be $217,413.

Einhellig came to Missouri State in 1992 as associate vice president for academic affairs and research, with the title soon changed to associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate College. It is a role he has held since 1992, except for 2005-06 when he served as interim provost. He also is a professor of biology.

Einhellig received his AA degree from Graceland College, his B.S. in agriculture from Kansas State University, his B.S. in science education from the University of Kansas and his M.N.S. and Ph.D. both from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Drew Bennett

Bennett was named chancellor July 1, 2007, for a five-year term, and was renewed in 2012 for two additional years. This new appointment letter is four years through June 30, 2018.  His salary for 2014-15, with the 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment, will be $158,401. He also will continue to have the use of the chancellor’s residence, a country club membership and an entertainment expense account. If he completes the four-year agreement, he will qualify for a $40,000 retention bonus.

Prior to coming to Missouri State, Bennett was Commandant of the Marine Corps Chair, National War College, National Defense University at Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining the National War College, he spent 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 2007 as a colonel.

Bennett received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, a master’s degree in human relations from Golden Gate University, a master’s degree in security strategy at the National War College and a doctorate in adult and extension education from Texas A&M University.

Kyle Moats

Moats has been director of athletics since July 1, 2009. His new agreement is for an indefinite term, and his salary for 2014-15, with 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment, will be $160,302.  He also will have a country club membership and would be eligible to receive achievement payments based on student academic achievement, conference placements, appearances in the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, and attendance.

Prior to joining Missouri State, Moats was associate director of athletics for national marketing at the University of Louisville from 2005-09. Prior to that, he was senior associate director of athletics at Marquette University from 2002-05 and in the athletics department at the University of Kentucky from 1989-2002.

Moats received his B.S.E. in physical education in 1988 from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his master’s degree in sports management in 2001 from the University of Kentucky.