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 Missouri State University-West Plains 

Name: Missouri State University-West Plains
Chancellor: Drew Bennett
City: West Plains
State: MO
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Town, Remote
Year Established: 1963

Governing Board Website 


Missouri State University-West Plains

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2010 IPEDS Data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 2,219
Part Time: 38.7%
Full Time: 61.3%

Male: 40.4%
Female: 59.6%

African-American: 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.0%
Hispanic: 1.8%
Native American: 1.1%
White: 84.5%
Other: 10.8%



Drew Bennett

 Board Chair

Orvin Kimbrough
Board Chair

Quote from the Chancellor

“Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality postsecondary educational opportunities primarily to counties in the south central region of Missouri. Our vision is to combine open admission opportunity with academic excellence, student service innovation, community partnership, and global awareness in an environment strengthened by dynamic growth and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Interesting Facts

  • For the second consecutive year, Missouri State University-West Plains was named one of the top 120 two-year colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program.
  • Missouri State University-West Plains received the largest gift in the campus’ history in fiscal year 2012—a $4 million gift that will endow and expand need-based scholarships. The gift to the Missouri State University Foundation was from the Lorene Thompson Brooks estate.  
  • For the past 16 years, Missouri State-West Plains graduates have scored at or above the national mean on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency.
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