Director of Residence Life
Email | (417) 328-1826
Hello and welcome to Residence Life!
We are excited to have the opportunity to guide students through this short but very rich season of life! Our Residence Life Staff is committed and passionate about building relationships and serving each student that comes through our dorms.
My Name is Landee Nevills and I am the Director of Residence Life. I began my time here as a freshman in college, coming from Texas, SBU quickly became my family in Missouri. I grew in so many areas in my life during my time at SBU. I was a part of a women's discipleship ministry that changed my faith, relationship with God, and all those who I lived in community with. I was given an opportunity to spend 6 months overseas living in Taiwan as a part of my Intercultural Studies major. Those six months changed how I would see the world whether overseas or in Bolivar, Missouri for the rest of my life. I was given a hunger to connect with people, learn about other cultures in order to share my faith, and empower others to do the same.
Upon graduating I was given an opportunity to become a Resident Director of Beasley Hall, this would allow me to build relationships with college students as well as partner with our Missions Department and help give students the same opportunity I had in college. During my five years as a Resident Director, I had the opportunity to invest in several hundred women over the years. I had the chance to travel to several different cultures and countries including, Thailand, Rwanda, Detroit, Michigan, and Cambodia guiding students through their cross cultural experience. SBU has been an amazing place to learn as a student and work as a Resident Director.
After several years of being a Resident Director I realized this is what God has called me to as a career. I began pursuing a Master's degree in Student Development and Administration with Counseling through Indiana Wesleyan University. I have thoroughly enjoyed the program and am all the more convinced God has given me a unique passion for developing college students. I have recently transitioned into the position of Director of Residence Life. I oversee and work with the Residence Life staff to fulfill our mission and vision of fusing education in and outside of the classroom in order to holistically challenge and develop students. We desire to take students to the next place in their journey whether that be in academics, relationships, spiritual life, finances, or daily living. I am thankful to be a part of the Residence Life Staff and the SBU family. My hope is that each student will become lifetime learners and followers of Jesus Christ.