Maria Curtis of Grandview will be the new student curator on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, a position appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt.
Curtis, 23, is an English major at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and will succeed Shawn Gebhardt on the board.
The nonvoting student curator is meant to bring a student perspective to the governing board.
“It’s a lot of responsibility,” said Curtis, whose appointment is effective immediately, for a term ending Jan. 1.
Curtis has spent the past three years on UMSL’s student senate, which she said has given her a lot of opportunity to interact with faculty and administration in decision making.
“I think that the university system is strong,” Curtis said. “It has a lot of potential and I’m looking forward to seeing how they can continue to grow.”
A bill introduced in 2005 that would give student curators full voting power passed in the House but failed to come to a vote in the Senate before the legislative session ended in May.