Southeast Missouri State University

Trent Ball

Educational Access Programs

Trent Ball, the Associate Dean of Students is a native of Saint Louis, Mo., who has served several roles at Southeast Missouri State University.

Trent Earned his bachelor‘s of science in criminal justice and psychology from Culver-Stockton College and his master’s of arts in psychological counseling and therapy from Southeast, he is also currently pursuing a master’s of public administration from Southeast. His areas of focus have evolved over the years into leadership, professional development and civic engagement.

“I had the perfect opportunity when I graduated from Southeast; I was working in Student Support Services and as an instructor in the College of Education. Both positions provided me with the connection to students and the opportunity to work with them in the classroom and as a part of their support system outside of the classroom. Dedicating my career to student services was the best decision I ever made,” he says.

Trent has worked at Southeast since the beginning of his professional life in 1994, his time here has been a time of personal growth. He’s been able to follow his true passion, which is helping students.

“Looking back at the time I have been at Southeast, I would have to say Southeast chose me. Working with the professionals and directors that began the TRIO programs – we were a team and a close knit group, they taught me about the profession as well as about being dedicated to the mission of serving students,” he says.

Trent is currently completing his term as Past-President of the tri-state TRIO professional organization, MO-KAN-NE (Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska) and last month he began his term as the President-Elect of the ten state regional association, MAEOPP (the Mid America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel).

He will also be serving on the Board with a Southeast colleague, Valdis Zalite who became President-Elect of MO-KAN-NE last month. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to TRIO and what we can bring to Southeast as well”.

“Do not spend major time with minor people,” he says to students.

He also advises students that academics and the classroom are your first job, your first training ground for the career you are preparing for. Prepare for it with the same intensity that you plan to bring to your first position after college.

“Why? Because it is the best time of your life, if you use your time wisely, efficiently and judiously,” he says.

In his spare time, Trent enjoys traveling, good movies, books and time to reflect. Trent is an avid Batman fan and if you stop by his office in the University Center you will see many of the 2,000 items from his collector’s items.