MVC Board of Trustees Appoints New Chairman & Adds New Members

Posted June 19, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (June 18, 2014) —The Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees has appointed Charles L. Bacon Jr. chairman of the board. Bacon takes over for Gary Ford who has served as chairman for over 10 years. Ford will remain an active member of the board of trustees.


A Marshall native, Charles “Bud” Bacon Jr. is a retired senior vice-president general counsel and secretary of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Bacon earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City.


“I’m incredibly thankful for the direction and service Gary Ford has given MVC. Under his dedicated leadership the College invested over 15 million into the infrastructure of the College with renovations and new buildings including the Malcolm Center,” said MVC President Dr. Bonnie Humphrey. “Bud Bacon is already a tremendous asset to our board of trustees, his experience and knowledge are invaluable. The College is very lucky to have such a devoted group of leaders at the helm.”


In addition to appointing a new chairman, Oscar Tshibanda was named vice chairman and Rob Ravenhill will continue serving as board secretary.


Tshibanda is the founder and managing partner of Tshibanda & Associates LLC, a Kanas City based national management consulting and project management services firm. He is a 1986 graduate of Missouri Valley College, holding bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting.


Ravenhill is a private-practice attorney at Ravenhill Law Offices in Marshall, Mo. He served 12 years as a Missouri Circuit Court Judge. Ravenhill is a 1971 graduate of Missouri Valley College; he earned his juris doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University.


Three new members have been added to the board of trustees.


Patricia Fletcher is a retired educator, having served as the technology coordinator and teacher in the Miami and Brunswick, Missouri school districts. In her role as the technology coordinator, Fletcher wrote, implemented and taught technology curriculum for grades K-8, trained teachers on software and equipment use, developed and implemented school-wide network and technology plans, and served on a number of school and district technology committees.

Additionally, Fletcher was a presenter at the State Technology Conference. 


Fletcher is a 1994 graduate of Missouri Valley College earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She earned her master’s degree in education administration from Lindenwood University.  


Susan Hoy is a retired assistant general counsel and assistant vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, having been with the organization since 1986. She began her practice in 1974 with the Atlanta law firm of Alston, Miller and Gaines (now Alston & Bird). Her practice has focused on the areas of litigation and real estate, having represented the Federal Reserve Bank in its acquisition of property for its Midtown Atlanta headquarters.


Hoy served the city of Atlanta in a number of leadership positions. She is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Midtown and has served on the board of trustees for the Center of the Visually Impaired since 2004.


A native of Marshall, Mo., Hoy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in 1967 and a juris doctorate degree in 1974 from Emory University School of Law. In 2008, Hoy was awarded the Emory University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award.


John Pelzer is the president of John Pelzer & Associates, L.L.C., a lobbying and governmental consulting service. Prior to forming his own corporation, Pelzer was the executive vice president of the Missouri Restaurant Association, and the chief executive officers of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. He also worked in banking for several years as the vice president of Stern Brothers Investment Brokers.


From 1981-1989, Pelzer served the State of Missouri as commissioner of the office of administration. He also served as city manager for the city of Kirksville and the assistant city administrator of the city of Liberty.


Pelzer is also the owner of Busch’s Florist, the oldest continuously operating business in Jefferson City. This family-owned business has been operating since 1890.


Pelzer graduated from MVC in 1970 with a degree in economics. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


Members of the board of trustees serve a minimum six year term. Candidates must be recommended by a member of the Board, alumnus or other constituents of the College. An affirmative vote by the majority of the Board is required. The MVC board of trustees is comprised of 28 members who live throughout the U.S. and abroad.  




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