FROM READERS: School Board Candidate Melvin Blase

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 12:15 p.m. CDT

Blase's bio was printed out along with bios from the other three candidates for the Columbia Missouri National Education Association school board candidate forum Thursday evening.


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Born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri

Member of state high school debating championship team. State FFA officer

Worked my way through college as an MFA research assistant and as a purebred livestock breeder

Education experience:

B.S. and M.S. from the University of Missouri

Ph.D. from the Economics Department at Iowa State University

International experience:

Adviser and evaluator of development programs in Peru and approximately 30 other developing countries

Domestic experience:

Teaching and research at military and civilian universities

Administrative assignments at the University of Missouri, including Director of International Programs

New products researcher in agriculture

Developer of major simulation exercises


Three children graduated from Hickman High School

Reside with my wife on family farm 1.5 miles from the new Battle High School on St. Charles Rd.

Board experiences:

The Jefferson Institute

Missouri School of Religion

Creator of a university agricultural consortium

Edited and written books:

Institutions in Agricultural Development

Institutions Building: A Sourcebook

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