Dr. Michael Nietzel

Dr. Michael T. Nietzel, president of Missouri State University, will be the guest speaker at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday.

The meeting is at noon at the Houston Lions Den on U.S. 63. Paul Kincaid, chief of staff, will also be attending with Dr. Nietzel. Anyone wanting to attend the luncheon must RSVP by calling 417-967-2220 by Sept. 28. Cost is $9 per person.

Nietzel became the ninth president of MSU on July 1, 2005. An Iowa native, Nietzel was named president following a nationwide search. He is also tenured professor in the psychology department.

Nietzel came to Missouri State from the University of Kentucky, where he had held a number of faculty and administrative positions over a 32-year period. In November 2002, he was named provost at the University of Kentucky. Before being named provost, he served as acting provost for 18 months and as dean of the graduate school for four years.

Nietzel joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1973 as an assistant professor of psychology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1977 and professor in 1981. From 1977-’90, Nietzel served as director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Kentucky. In 1991, he was named chair of the department of psychology and he completed a second term as chair in 1997.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1969, and his master’s degree in 1972 and his doctorate in 1973, both from the University of Illinois.

Nietzel’s research interests are concentrated in the areas of forensic psychology, jury decision-making and the assessment of psychotherapy outcomes. He has written several leading books and more than 85 scholarly articles in these areas. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the areas of clinical psychology and legal psychology, and he has been elected a Fellow in both the American Psychology Association and the American Psychology Society. He is also an ardent lover of jazz.

Nietzel is married to Dr. Sandra D’Angelo, a pediatric psychologist employed at Burrell Behavioral Health Center. They each have a son by previous marriages.

For more information about the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and upcoming Houston events, visit www.houstonmochamber.com.

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