Departing state treasurer to teach class at Missouri State

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | 8:01 p.m. CST

 SPRINGFIELD — Departing Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman will teach a political science class at Missouri State University next year.

Steelman will be the school's first "executive in residence," a newly created position that will be rotated among professionals who agree to teach a course, said George Connor, chairman of Missouri State's political science department.

"We're looking forward to the opportunity of providing some real-world practical insight into politics and public policy from a practitioner,'' he said.

Steelman, 50, of Rolla, was elected state treasurer in 2004 after serving in the Missouri Senate since 1998. She ran this year for governor but lost in the Republican primary to U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., who lost the general election to Democrat Jay Nixon.

Steelman's course will be called "Leadership, Change and Public Policy,'' and will be offered on Tuesday nights.

It's not the first time Steelman has been in the classroom. She has also been an adjunct professor of economics at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Steelman told the Springfield News-Leader her class at Missouri State will focus on shaping public policy through leadership.

Connor said that will mean focusing on people who have set and changed public policy and how they used leadership skills.

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