Congratulations and Best Wishes

Congratulations and Best Wishes

We asked students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to share their retirement wishes for Ken and Jeanine Dobbins. 

Student Activities Council

Student Activities Council

Relax and enjoy the indelible legacy you have left on thousands of lives. -Theresa Hassler, Alumna

I hope he has a very long and healthy life, enjoying his wife, son, daughter-in-law and especially his grandchildren. Ken’s grandchildren have been what has lit him up in the last few years, and they have become a joy in his life. I only hope he has the ability to keep up with them as he gets older and they get spunkier. -Al Spradling, III, former Cape Girardeau Mayor

Find a balance between keeping active and enjoying a well-deserved rest. -Frank Barios, Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Marcy and I wish you and Jeanine a healthy, happy and just plain fun retirement. -Bob and Marcy Shuck, Friends of the University

A person like Ken can’t retire; it’s not possible. He will continue to use his talents to influence higher education on a state and national level. Kick back and enjoy a little more personal time with the family? Yes. Retire? Never. -Stan Crader, Foundation Board

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Equestrian Team

    Serving as president is a 24/7 job that often requires sacrifice. His retirement is certainly well-deserved and my advice is to enjoy time with the family and use the extra time to work on his golf game!-Brady Barke, Associate to the President

Collegiate DECA

Collegiate DECA

I hope he gets to relax a little and doesn’t feel like he has to work 24/7. -Doyle Privett, Board of Regents

Enjoy your family. Grandkids have a way of growing up too fast. Before we know it, they are teenagers, and we have lost them as little kids who always wanted us to play with them when we didn’t have the time. -Don LaFerla, Board of Regents

I hope you spend time doing all the things you put off and were too busy to do while at the helm of growing a university.
-Adam Hanna, Alumnus

Lutheran Student Fellowship

Lutheran Student Fellowship

First, stop and smell the roses. You’ve had a busy, busy, academic career. And, work on your golf game; it needs a lot of help! -Earl Holland, Friend of the University

Enjoy It! -Thomas M. Meyer, Board of Regents

My Wish for him is that he’s able to enjoy those successes that he’s had and fill the void with other tremendous accomplishments that I know he will have. -Jay Knudtson, Board of Regents

Delta Chi Fraternity

Delta Chi Fraternity

The City of Lake St. Louis will now become the benefactor of his tireless energy, and he will make the community one of the more desirable places to live in Missouri. -Douglas & Heather Greene, Friends of the University

In retirement, one learns the process and the journey must share in equal importance. It’s the Twinkie concept (what’s in the middle counts). Someone so task-oriented needs to learn the middle counts and not focus on the outcome. I wish him and Jeanine well in their next journey. -Ed Leoni, former Professor

Alpha Kappa Psi

Alpha Kappa Psi

I want him and Jeanine to fully enjoy retirement, but I don’t want him to totally leave the scene of higher education because we will always benefit from the good advice and counsel he can give.-Mike Nietzel, Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor

He’ll be an outstanding consultant, and I am certain many colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will benefit from his presidential experiences and his wise counsel. -Diane Sides, Associate to the President

Gamma Sigma Sigma

Gamma Sigma Sigma

In this day and age, it’s difficult to find someone who’s willing to dedicate more than two decades of their life to one university. It’s a remarkable achievement and the primary reason why Southeast is poised for future success. -Jeff Davis, Alumnus

Chill, dude. -Walt Lilly, Professor

He’s left an amazing legacy. I’m going to miss his leadership and all my great conversations with Jeanine!-Kendra Neely, Martin, Board of Regents

Remember to come to the first Biology faculty meeting -Allen Gatham, Professor

Association of Black Collegians

Association of Black Collegians

I remember my freshman year. I was in Emerging Leaders and Dr. Dobbins spoke to us about changes we hoped to see on campus. I tentatively raised my hand and mentioned a lot of the lights through the corridor on the way to the North Rec were out. He took down notes and said it would be taken care of right away. Later that week, all the lights were back on. After that experience, I changed. I spoke up more and asked questions of my peers, eventually going on to become Student Government president my junior year. All because Dr. Dobbins took the time to listen to a quiet freshman in a crowded room. Thank you for believing in me and so many other students, Dr. Dobbins. We appreciate you, and I hope you enjoy retirement. You deserve it! -Katie Herring, Alumna

Student Government

Student Government

He really loves this University. He puts his heart and soul in it. He worries. He wants everything to be just so. I just want to tell him, don’t worry. We’ll take care of the University. -Diane Wood, Professor

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