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Dr. Ken W. Dobbins Bio
Dr. Ken W. Dobbins Associate
President Emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University

P.O. Box 2229 • Cape Girardeau, MO 63702 • (573) 450-9204(M)


Specialties: Assessing financial, facilities, campus budgeting process, and other administrative areas; guiding academic/non-academic program reviews in a collegial/transparent manner; conducting organizational reviews and realignments; and integrating campus-wide entrepreneurial concepts

About Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins
Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins’ tenure as president at Southeast Missouri State University, which began in July 1999, includes numerous successful initiatives, including raising funds for capital projects totaling more than $400 million; increasing enrollment from 7,900 to 12,000; creating financial stability during a period of decreased state appropriations; introducing an entrepreneurial approach to economic development; and establishing mutually beneficial external partnerships.

Prior to becoming president at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Dobbins served in several administrative positions at the university and at Kent State University. He also has served as both a military and civilian auditor and management consultant for the Air Force Audit Agency.

Since 2005, Dr. Dobbins has served on the faculty of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) New President’s Academy, primarily teaching areas of financial management, budgeting, enrollment management, campus master planning, facilities management and athletics.

Service Highlights:

  • Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, AASCU Board of Directors
  • Chair, AASCU Professional Development Committee
  • Governor Appointee, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
  • Board member and Finance Committee chair, American Academic Leadership Institute
  • Vice President for Membership and Executive Committee member, Greater St. Louis Council Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America
  • Member, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America board
  • Member, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce board


  • Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award
  • Old Dominion Alumni Award
  • Health and Human Services Hall of Fame Alumni Leadership Award, Kent State College of Education
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Outstanding Civilian Auditor of the Year, Air Force Audit Agency


  • Ph.D., Kent State University
  • M.B.A., Old Dominion University
  • B.S., University of Akron
  • CPA, State of Ohio