JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has tapped the outgoing president of Missouri State University to be his top adviser on higher education and work force readiness.
Mike Nietzel served five years as the university's president and announced last fall he would step down sometime this year.
Nixon has proposed consolidating the departments of higher education and elementary and secondary education. The governor's office said Thursday that Nietzel will have a key role in deciding whether the plan moves forward.
Nietzel will work as Nixon's adviser while the university continues its search for a new president.