Warren Erdman to succeed Judith Haggard as leader of UM System curators

Monday, December 13, 2010 | 7:16 p.m. CST; updated 8:35 p.m. CST, Monday, December 13, 2010

COLUMBIA — Warren Erdman, vice chairman of the University of Missouri System Board of Curators, will move into a new role Jan. 1 when he begins a yearlong term as the board’s chairman.

At a meeting Friday in St. Louis, the curators voted to elect Erdman and David Bradley, who will serve as the board’s vice chairman, according to a UM System news release. Erdman succeeds Judith Haggard, whose term as chairwoman expires Dec. 31.

The Board of Curators is the governing body of the UM System and is made of nine voting members appointed by the governor, as well as one non-voting student representative.

Erdman serves as chairman of the Board of Curators’ Compensation and Human Resources Committee, according to the UM System website. Outside the board, he is the executive vice president for administration and corporate affairs at Kansas City Southern, a railway holding company based in Kansas City.

Erdman, a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, joined the curators in 2007, according to the news release. He also is a member of the UM-Kansas City Board of Trustees.

Bradley, who joined the curators in 2009, also serves on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee, as well as the Resources and Planning committees, according to the news release.

He hails from St. Joseph, where he is president of the News-Press & Gazette Co. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and is a member of the Inland Press Association.

The first meeting for Erdman and Bradley will be Jan. 27 at MU. At that meeting, the new administration also will be joined by four newly appointed curators who will succeed outgoing members John Carnahan, Bo Fraser, Doug Russell and David Wasinger.

At the January meeting, the curators are slated to take up a discussion of tuition rates for the 2011-12 year, particularly how the curators could craft specific tuition increases based on the needs of the system’s four campuses.

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