For Release:
March 29, 2010

Contact: Kathy Love — 573.522.1463

Jefferson City — Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Gary D. Sharpe of Jefferson City to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. If confirmed by the Senate, Sharpe will replace Duane Schreimann, also of Jefferson City, whose term expired in 2008.

Sharpe, 68, served concurrently for 19 years as the executive director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators and the Missouri Council of School Administrators, and for 12 years as the executive director of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals.

He graduated from Ewing High School in Ewing, Missouri and obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeast Missouri State University. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and spent 14 years in teaching and administrative positions in Missouri and Illinois school districts.

Sharpe also served four terms as State Representative in the 13th District (Hannibal). From 1981 to 1984, he chaired the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

"I have always felt strongly about the importance of education to Missourians," Sharpe says. "I have spent most of my career working to improve schools and to make them a better place for students to learn. Serving on the Coordinating Board for Higher Education is a wonderful opportunity for me to assist in the development of policies which will serve the interests of Missouri college students."

Commissioner of Higher Education Robert B. Stein says Sharpe has extensive knowledge of Missouri's education system. "He brings educational and political expertise to the board," Stein says. "We welcome his perspective as a practitioner with a broad, statewide understanding of education issues."