UM System curator nominees face possible withdrawal from consideration

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | 8:46 a.m. CST; updated 6:13 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 25, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — The nominations of two Missouri curators appear in jeopardy as Gov. Jay Nixon attempts to withdraw their names from consideration.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the governor wants to remove attorneys Craig Van Matre of Columbia and Pam Henrickson of Jefferson City from consideration by a Senate committee. State Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, says he won't accept the withdrawal request, which could allow Nixon to later re-appoint the two curators.

That's already happened twice with Van Matre, who was initially appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators one year ago. His nomination came under scrutiny last week when senators questioned his views on Republican leadership. He will have to permanently step down if his nomination isn't approved by early February.

Henrickson could appear before the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee Wednesday morning.

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