Dr. Glenn Dolence, a former longtime Vice President of Student Affairs at Missouri Southern State University, passed away on Friday, May 24.
“Dr. Dolence was the ultimate example of leadership and service to students,” said Dr. Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern. “His lifelong support and enthusiasm for the Lion family will be missed.”
During his 27 years at Missouri Southern, Dolence served as dean of men, athletic director, dean of students and served as vice president for student services until his retirement in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Myrna, who he met at Southern where she was dean of women. She later became a counselor and founded the Student Success Center.
“Dr. Dolence was a vital part of Missouri Southern for decades,” said Darren Fullerton, vice president of student affairs. “His dedication and service impacted the lives of countless Missouri Southern students, faculty and staff members.”
Examples of Dolence’s leadership are still a part of MSSU. These include the establishment of the Golden Crest Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society – and the Student Leadership awards and Leader of the Year award, which are named in his honor.
“Dr. Dolence truly believed in developing and nurturing students, enhancing student leadership and encouraging civil engagement,” said Fullerton. “I could not have asked for a better mentor or friend.”
“Dolence’s contributions to Missouri Southern and its students will long be remembered at the university. Glenn brought honor, dignity and compassion to his work at MSSU,” said Marble. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.”
A visitation and memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at Central United Methodist Church in Webb City.
The visitation is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to noon, with the memorial service scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.