Gov. Nixon approves shake-up to composition of higher education boards

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 | 12:55 p.m. CDT; updated 9:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — The composition of the UM System Board of Curators, Coordinating Board for Higher Education and Missouri State Board of Governors will see a minor shake-up with the loss of a congressional district in 2012.

On Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB 174, which requires at least one, but no more than two, members from each district for each board. Currently, each board has nine members with no more than one from each congressional district.

The change was necessitated by the loss of a congressional district in the 2010 census, bringing Missouri down to just eight districts. The Missouri Constitution requires nine members on each of the boards. That is accomplished by allowing two from a district if necessary.

Members already serving on their respective boards by Aug. 28 will not be affected.

The bill was introduced by Mike Thomson, vice chairman of the Higher Education Committee in the House.



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