Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has announced two appointments to the Board of Governors at Missouri Southern.

Dr. Benjamin Rosenberg, a pediatric dentist from Joplin, will succeed outgoing board member James Fleischaker. An active member of the community, he has served two terms on the Joplin City Council, as president of the Joplin Public School Board and the Boys and Girls Club, and is also a former member of the Joplin Airport Board.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“I’ve served on several boards and commissions, and the university’s Board of Governors is another area where I wanted to see if I could be of help,” said Rosenberg.

“I’d like to see Missouri Southern keep developing a closer relationship with the city. Thing are already moving in that direction with the downtown project, and I’d like to get the citizens to come out to the university more.”

Bill Gipson, vice chair of the Board of Governors, was reappointed by the governor to a new term on the board.

The Shell Knob resident was appointed to his first term in 2017. He is retired from Empire District Electric Company, where he served as president and CEO. He is an active member of the Missouri Southern Foundation’s board, where he served as chair and vice chair.

He earned his associate’s degree in computer science from MSSU in 1978, and his bachelor’s in management technology in 1985.

Both board appointments are for six-year terms.