Board President — Board of Governors
Tina L. Klocke, of St. Louis, Mo., was appointed by Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens in March 2018 with a term expiring January 1, 2024. Klocke was named President of the Board of Governors effective July 5, 2022, after having served as Vice President of the Board since February 14, 2019. Klocke was elected Vice President of the Board of Regents effective February 14, 2019.
Klocke serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer for the Clark-Fox Family Foundation. She is an accomplished finance and operations C-Level executive with a distinguished career and a record of success in the start-up and leadership of public and private corporations generating $30 million to $500 million in annual revenues. Hired during the start-up of Build-A-Bear Workshop as one of three original full-time employees, Mrs. Klocke is highly respected for helping Build-A-Bear Workshop become a leader in the retail make-your-own stuffed animal business. Since stepping down from her roles of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Build-A-Bear Workshop in 2015, Mrs. Klocke has continued to make an impact on the St. Louis region by serving as a mentor and advisor to start-ups throughout the St. Louis entrepreneurial community. She serves on a variety of boards supporting state and local educational institutions, including Central Institute for the Deaf, Cor Jesu Academy Advisory Board, St. John Vianney High School, and formerly served on the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. In 2007, Mrs. Klocke was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women by the St. Louis Business Journal. Mrs. Klocke holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting from Southeast Missouri State University and, in 2009, she was presented with an Alumni Merit Award by the Southeast Alumni Association.
Mrs. Klocke and her husband, Jim, are the parents of two sons, Jim and Michael. Michael is currently a student at Southeast. Both her husband and son, Jim, are also Southeast alumni.