Dean’s Leadership Council

As the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business Dean’s Leadership Council, we are a core group of alumni and friends dedicated to helping the vice provost and dean strengthen the growth of the college, transform the student experience and improve the impact of faculty involvement. 

We provide support to the Dean’s Fund, strengthening the impact of philanthropy at the college-wide level, and help identify philanthropic opportunities with fellow alumni, corporations and friends at S&T.

Through our guidance, innovation, and financial commitment, we provide strong leadership to the vice provost and dean, as well as the College, and serve as inspiring role models to the university community. 

Dean’s Fund

The Dean’s Fund is used exclusively to fuel valuable support to the College. Resources go specifically toward College needs that align with the strategic plan such as scholarships and stipends for students, construction and renovation projects, equipment, conference travel for faculty and students, and research. 

Board Members

Executive Committee

Ted Kelly, Chair

Econ'77, Principal at Burns and McDonnell

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Ted Kelly, Econ'77, is business development manager of business and technology services at Burns & McDonnell. He grew up in Branson, Missouri, and now lives in the Kansas City area. He played on the Missouri S&T baseball team. He and his wife, Carol, have two adult children – daughter Erin, who just received her Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, and son Doug, an S&T alum now employed by Apple. Ted is a registered basketball official in Missouri and Kansas, and couched youth soccer, basketball, baseball and softball.

Pamela Leitterman, Vice Chair

Math'75, retired from Hewitt-Packard

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Pam Leitterman, Math‘75, grew up in Hillsboro, Missouri, and now lives in Pleasanton, California. She was a member of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship while at Missouri S&T, and is president of the Missouri S&T Academy of Computer Science. Together with her husband, Dennis, an electrical engineering graduate of Missouri S&T, she host’s regular events for the Bay Area Section of the Miner Alumni Association. She is retired from Hewitt-Packard, and has been an adult literacy tutor with the Santa Clara City Library since February 2011. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Association of Computing Machinery. She sings tenor in her church’s choirs, and serves as one of two music librarians for the choir. Her hobbies include reading, vocal music, and genealogy.

Cori Nelson, Secretary

MgtSys, CSci'02, Project Manager at Cerner

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Cori Nelson, MgtSys, CSci‘02, is a project manager at Cerner. She grew up in Bosworth, Missouri, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. While at Missouri S&T, she was a member of Kappa Delta, served on Student Council, was a member of Blue Key, and was a peer educator with UMR T.E.C.H.S. She volunteers at St. Joseph Medical Center and with youth at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Her and her husband, Derek, have three children. They like to bike and ride motorcycles in their free time.

Carl Schmitz, Member-at-Large

IST'10, Manager of IT Systems at Boeing IT

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Carl Schmitz, IST’10, is an information technology manager at Boeing. He is from the St. Louis area and still lives there. He is the deputy executive focal for Boeing’s relationship with Missouri S&T. While at Missouri S&T, he helped establish the university’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda and was the chapter’s founding president, was on the Career Opportunities and Employer Relations advisory council, was on the Business & Information Technology Student Advisory Board, was a Center for Enterprise Resource Planning student ambassador, and participated in an international ERP Simulation Competition. He is currently the co-chair of the Miner Alumni Association’s New Alumni Council, is a member of the association’s board of directors, is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, and volunteers with the Youth & Family Center in downtown St. Louis. He received the Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award in 2015, and makes himself frequently present to students.

General board members

Diane Butrus

CSci'85, COO of Diba Imports

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Diane Butrus, CSci’85, is chief operating officer of Diba Imports, a footwear distributor. She is from the St. Louis area and lives there now. While at Missouri S&T, she played for the Lady Miners softball team and was a founding member of the Academy of Minor Athletics. Diane has served on the board of her condominium association for over three years, and was president for two of those years. She led the finance committee of Explore Transplant, a nonprofit committed to kidney transplant education. She spends most of her free time bicycling, and participates in multiple charity rides a year. She drives a Tesla Model S and says she is “thrilled to hear Rolla is getting a supercharging station!” Diane lives with her girlfriend, Me’Shel Riedel, and occasionally Me’Shel’s son Alex, who is a freshman at Washington University studying architecture.

Dr. Xiaoliang “Sean” Cheng

Chem'10, CEO of Wuhan Technologies, Ltd.

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Xiaoliang (Sean) Cheng, Chem’10, is a serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T. He has helped found QL Tech, CZ Technologies, Neo-Leaf Technology, Clingnenomix, Wuhan Quality Life Technology, and partnered at a private angel investor venture that provides capital to early- and growth-stage life science companies. Sean is from China and lives in Silicon Valley with his wife, Lin Zhu, IST’09.

Dr. Steve Frey

Phys'86, Vice President of Engineering & Technology, Ocean Optics

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Steve Frey, Physics’86, is vice president of engineering and technology at Ocean Optics, Inc. He and his wife Michelle have lived in Orlando, Florida, since 1986. They met as undergraduate students at Bradley University and have two children, Lydia, 24, and Grant, 20. Lydia graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2014. Grant is currently attending Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida, and wants to be a video game developer. Steve is an avid golfer and “beach bum,” and enjoys doing home improvement projects. He received an honorary professional degree from Missouri S&T in 2007.


Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of History

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Larry Gragg is curators’ teaching professor of history at Missouri S&T. A native of Nevada, Missouri, he joined the history and political science department in 1977 and was chair of the department from 2003 to 2015. He is the recipient of 11 campus Outstanding Teaching Awards, four campus Faculty Excellence Awards, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Missouri System award for Excellence in Teaching, and the University of Missouri system's Thomas Jefferson Award. Larry has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Doris, have one daughter, Julie.

Michael A. Haynes

Chem'78, retired from Dow Chemicals

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Michael A. Haynes, Chem’78, is retired from Dow Chemicals. He is from St. Louis County, graduated from Affton High School in 1973, and returned to St. Louis County when he retired in 2002. While at Missouri S&T, Michael was a member of the W.T. Schrenk Society, Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity and participated in various student organizations. Michael and his wife are very active in their church community. They donate and contribute to the Office of Graduate Studies at Missouri S&T, the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Trout Unlimited. Since 1990, Michael has been a regular blood donor. To date, he has donated more than 25 gallons.

Dr. Paul Stricker

LSci’82, Youth Sports Medicine Specialist

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As a member of the Miner swimming program, Paul Stricker, LSci’82, earned All-America honors in the 400-yard individual medley in 1982 and won three conference titles during his career. Today he is one of just over 200 doctors who is board-certified in both sports medicine and pediatrics. In 2000, Stricker was selected as one of the physicians to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and has served as a physician for several U.S. national teams. He is the author of Sports Success Rx!, a book for parents and coaches, and has received Missouri S&T’s most Award of Professional Distinction, Alumni Achievement Award and Remarkable Alumni Award. He is a member of the Academy of Miner Athletics and the Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame.