Joplin, MO (SNS) – Lynn M. Ewing III, former mayor of Nevada and Vernon County prosecuting attorney, has concluded his tenure on the Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University.

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Ewing to the board on Feb. 23, 2010, to fill an expired post.

During his final board meeting in August, Ewing reflected on his five-year term and the importance of higher education. He noted the “amazing period of growth” on campus during his tenure on the board, including the construction of the Health Sciences Building, the new baseball stadium and North End Zone Facility and renovations to Billingsly Student Center and the Ralph L. Gray Alumni Center.

“But what might be our finest hour was our institution’s response to the devastating 2011 tornado,” he said. “Our campus pulled together to offer resources and support to the entire region … We connected people with essential social services and established scholarships for tornado victims. In that moment, we served as an example to the entire nation of how a university can provide support following a tragedy.”

Ewing also championed MSSU’s role in providing a liberal arts education to its students, as an essential part of a university education beyond simply educating students for a career in a specialized field.

He served as the Vernon County prosecutor from 1999-2014, before returning to private practice.

“Lynn’s years on Missouri Southern’s Board of Governors came at a critical time in our history,” said Dr. Alan Marble, president of the university. “We want to thank him for the role he played in helping to shape the period of growth we are experiencing – not just in the size of our campus but development. We hope he maintains contact with the University.”