By Kat Riddler, Editor-In-Chief
The University of Missouri System Board of Curators has three new nominations for vacancies left unfilled last year, after the State Senate would not confirm the nominations made under former Governor Jay Nixon. Governor Eric Greitens rejected Nixon’s nominations and made his new nominations on February 15. The new nominations are Darryl Chatman, Jeff Layman, and Jamie Farmer.
Governor Greitens released the following statement that said, “We have the potential to make Missouri’s higher education system a national model. Our state has excellent students, talented teachers, and a people committed to education. There are also many areas where higher education can be improved. We can encourage more intellectual diversity and become the best state in the country at preparing students for rewarding careers. These curators bring knowledge and real world experience to the table. They will be important voices for our students and families.”
Chatman is an attorney and former deputy director of Missouri’s Department of Agriculture. He received a BS and MS in animal science at the University of Missouri–Columbia and was a Mizzou linebacker while there. He has an MPA in public administration from North Carolina State University, an MS in agriculture economics from Mizzou, and a JD from Mizzou.
Layman is the senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Springfield, Missouri, and earned his bachelor’s in business administration and management from Missouri State University. He also studied business at Mizzou.
Farmer is the president of Farmer Holding Co. She received her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and an undergraduate degree in marketing, finance, and real estate from Mizzou.
Greitens rejected Nixon’s nominations of Jon Sundvold and student representative Patrick Graham from Mizzou. The student representative rotates between the four campuses in the system. Two other appointments by Nixon, Tom Voss and Mary Nelson, resigned in January, leaving two additional seats on the board vacant.
The last Board of Curators meetings were February 9 and 10 on the Mizzou campus. Of Governor Greitens’ $159 million cut to higher education, $40 million directly impacts the operating budgets for the UM System. The Board of Curators voted at the meeting to raise room and board fees in order to make up for the budget cuts.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis proposed at this meeting a lower, set price for undergraduate students from Illinois which will start in fiscal year 2018 and will be re-evaluated in five years to attempt to make up for the loss of funding. After five years, the Board of Curators can renew the rate for another five years or eliminate the rate. The next meeting is scheduled for April 27 and 28 at the Missouri S&T campus.