About the Commissioner
Leroy Wade, Interim Commissioner
Leroy Wade was appointed interim commissioner of higher education by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education on March 1, 2016. He previously served as the deputy commissioner for the Missouri Department of Higher Education and assistant commissioner for Financial Assistance, Outreach and Proprietary School Certification. He has been a member of the Department of Higher Education staff since 1986.
Wade serves on the executive committee of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, board of directors of the Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation, board of directors of the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, the board of directors of Kids Chance of Missouri, and the Missouri School College Relations Commission.
He earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. in Political Science from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.