Blunt appoints UMSL English major to UM Board of Curators

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:49 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

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.

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