For Release:
April 1, 2010

Contact: Kathy Love — 573.522.1463

Springfield — Governor Jay Nixon today tapped Mike Nietzel, president of Missouri State University, to become his top advisor on higher education and workforce readiness. Nietzel has served for five years as president of MSU. He announced last fall he would be stepping down as president in 2010.

Commissioner of Higher Education Robert B. Stein said Nietzel's appointment will benefit Missouri's colleges and universities and the students who attend them. "Mike Nietzel has been an exemplary leader of MSU and a true statesman for higher education," says Stein. "He knows the needs of regions and institutions in the context of statewide priorities. He has the respect of colleagues throughout the state who value his passion and leadership on behalf of students and their families."

Nietzel became president of MSU in 2005 after 32 years at the University of Kentucky, the last three as provost. He holds a PhD in psychology, with special expertise in forensic psychology, jury decision-making and the assessment of psychotherapy outcomes. He has written several leading books and more than 85 scholarly articles in these areas, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the areas of clinical and legal psychology.