The Coordinating Board for Higher Education was established by an amendment to the Missouri Constitution in 1972. The nine-member board oversees the Department of Higher Education, which serves as the administrative arm of the Coordinating Board and is led by the Commissioner of Higher Education.

The board members — one from each of Missouri's eight congressional districts and one selected at large — are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The board members serve six-year terms.

 

Dalton Wright, Chair

Dalton Wright

Dalton Wright is president/owner of Ozark Media, a company made of community newspapers and radio stations located in south central Missouri. Wright served 32 years in the military, retiring at the rank of colonel in 2000. He also served 10 years as the civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for Missouri (West), a position appointed by the President. He is the former chair of the Lebanon Downtown Business District and the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission.

Wright, a Republican from Conway, served as president of the National Newspaper Association and the Missouri, Central Missouri and Ozark press associations. He was inducted into the Missouri Press Hall of Fame in 2000. Wright is a current member of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Ambassadors.

 

Wright is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and received the University of Missouri Faculty Alumni Award in 2006.

Betty Sims, Vice-Chair

Betty Sims

Betty Sims served as a Missouri state senator from 1995 to 2002. At various times as a senator, she was the Assistant Floor Leader; chair of the Aging, Families and Mental Health Committee; and vice-chair of the Committee on Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence. Sims recently retired as a project specialist with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as chairman and member of the State Board of Accountancy from 1982 to 1987.

Sims, a Republican from St. Louis, currently serves on the Boards of the St. Louis Altenheim, Wyman, MICDS and is a member of the National Council for the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She also sits on advisory boards for the Crisis Nursery, Lydia’s House and the Girl Scouts.

She received a bachelor's degree from Washington University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University.

Brian Fogle, Secretary

Brian Fogle

Brian Fogle was appointed to the CBHE by Governor Jay Nixon on January 3, 2012. Fogle is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and previously served as director of community development for Great Southern Bank and in several positions with the banking industry in southwest Missouri for more than 20 years.

 

Fogle, a Democrat from Springfield, received his bachelor's and master's degrees in banking and finance from the University of Mississippi. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Drury University.

Lowell C. Kruse

Lowell C. Kruse

Lowell Kruse was nominated to the CBHE by Governor Holden on January 3, 2003. He was reappointed by Governor Nixon on February 25, 2009. Kruse retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Health in St. Joseph Missouri, a position he held for 25 years. He currently serves as Senior Fellow - Healthy Communities for Heartland Foundation. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Excellence in Missouri Foundation and co-chairs the Missouri Family and Community Trust Board of Directors.

Kruse, a Democrat from St. Joseph, earned a bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Douglas R. Kennedy

Douglas R. Kennedy

Douglas R. Kennedy was appointed to the CBHE by Governor Jay Nixon in September 2013. Kennedy is an attorney and has been active with the Boy Scouts of America and other philanthropic organizations. Kennedy also raises cattle and plays bass in a bluegrass band.

Kennedy, a Democrat from Poplar Bluff, is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia and the University of Memphis Law School.

Carolyn R. Mahoney

Carolyn Mahoney

 

Mahoney served as president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City from 2005 until her retirement in 2012. She has had a distinguished academic career, beginning as an assistant professor of mathematics at Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1984. She chaired the mathematics department at California State University San Marcos until 2000, when she became dean of the school of mathematics and then provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, the position she held prior to becoming president of Lincoln University.

Mahoney, a Democrat from Jefferson City, graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in mathematics from Siena College in Memphis, Tenn., and went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees, also in mathematics, from Ohio State University.

She was a Zonta Woman of Achievement in 2009 and was given the Ralph S. Brown Award for Shared Governance by the American Association of University Professors in 2007.

David R. Russell, Commissioner of Higher Education