Jeff Frederick starts as the 20th president of Drury University on June 1. (Photo from Drury University)

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The United Way of the Ozarks on Friday announced that Drury University President Jeff Frederick has joined its board of directors.

Currently at 18 members, the board helps guide the United Way’s fundraising efforts and charitable missions. 

Brandi VanAntwerp, president-elect of the United Way of the Ozarks, said Frederick brings experience and enthusiasm toward helping people build brighter futures, and that he will add to the group’s momentum. 

With almost 100 years of operation in the Springfield metro area, United Way recently started a mentorship program that pairs graduate students from Springfield colleges with community and career mentors. 

Frederick in a press release said he is excited to continue helping people beat tough economic challenges.

“United Way of the Ozarks embodies the spirit of working together to make our communities better and serve our people,” Frederick said. “I’m thrilled to join the board and, more importantly, to join the work of providing pathways out of poverty and championing children.”

Frederick was hired in March to replace interim President John Beuerlein, who filled in to replace Timothy Cloyd, who resigned because of family health reasons.

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Hauxeda. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or More by Joe Hadsall