Privett succeeds Donald "Brad" Bedell, whose term on the Board of Regents expires Jan. 1, 2013. Bedell, president of Maverick Consulting Group of Sikeston, was elected president of the Board of Regents in December 2006. James Limbaugh of Cape Girardeau will continue to serve as vice president of the Board.
"With the expiration of my second appointment to the Board of Regents fast approaching, I chose not to seek reappointment," Bedell said. "I am so proud to have been associated with a quality institution that has provided so many outstanding graduates for our region, our state, and our nation. I have sincerely enjoyed and appreciated my time on the Board."
University President Kenneth W. Dobbins praised Bedell's service as president of the Board since 2006 and as a Regent since 2001.
"Brad's almost 12-year tenure as a member and his six years as president of the Board of Regents have åseen significant challenges and accomplishments for our University," Dobbins said. "Among those accomplishments are record enrollments, construction of the River Campus, Vandiver and Merick residence halls and the planning for a third new residence hall to be opened in Fall 2013, and a new residence hall/academic space facility to open at the River Campus in Fall 2014. Kent Library Information Commons, David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center, the Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment, and The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship all opened during Brad's time on the Board. The expansion of our regional campuses, online learning, and a variety of new academic programs and partnerships were accomplished, just to name a few. Brad's leadership was instrumental in all of these major initiatives and many others. For more than a decade, he has spent countless hours in service to our students, faculty and staff, and the region, and the University community has benefited greatly from his dedication."
Privett also spoke highly of Bedell's service. "The members of the Board know how supportive Brad and his family have been to the University. Not only has Brad supported the University through his time and talents, but he and his father, Don Bedell, were very generous financially to the River Campus and the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall is named after Brad's father. Brad has been determined to make certain Southeast continues offering quality, accredited academic programs while remaining the most affordable of Missouri's comprehensive regional universities. We thank him for his work, and I know the Board looks forward to continuing the initiatives that have been so important to him over his past six years as president -- initiatives aimed at making Southeast the University of First Choice for students, faculty and staff, and for employers who hire our graduates," Privett said.
Privett was first appointed to the Board of Regents in December 1994 by Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan to fulfill an unexpired term. He was reappointed to the Board in 1997 and served until January 2004. Five years later, in April 2009, Privett was again appointed to the Board by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to serve a six-year term.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southeast Missouri State University in 1973. Privett is a certified public accountant (CPA) who currently serves as chief financial officer for Kennett National Bank.
Privett is a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and served on the group's board of directors from 1987-1988 and 1993-1996; he also served as president of the Southeast Chapter of CPAs in 1988. He is a member of the board of directors of Kennett National Bank and serves as chairman of the advisory committee of Southeast's regional campus in Kennett.
He has been married to his wife, Bonnie, since 1974. They are the parents of Brian and Brooke, who are both Southeast graduates.