January 5, 2012

Jefferson City - Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Brian Fogle of Springfield to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

After a long career in banking, Fogle is currently president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. An Aurora native, Fogle obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in banking and finance from the University of Mississippi. He spent two decades developing innovative loan programs for under-served populations and helping to revitalize city centers in Springfield, Joplin, Carthage and Neosho.

In 2007, Fogle helped organize the "Teacher on the Block" employee housing assistance initiative to encourage teachers to live in Title I school neighborhoods. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Drury University in 2011, and serves on an advisory committee and the President's Committee on Diversity for Missouri State University.

Fogle said his background in community development convinces him education is the key to economic success. "What strengthens communities is quality education," Fogle said. "Areas with higher education attainment also have higher rates of economic growth. Helping to improve higher education is congruent with my belief that in order to compete globally we must improve education attainment in Missouri."

Commissioner of Higher Education David Russell said Fogle's extensive experience in banking and finance and his long-time commitment to education will make him an asset to the Coordinating Board.

"The higher education community will benefit from Mr. Fogle's knowledge, experience and ideas in these difficult budget times," Russell said.

Fogle joins Coordinating Board members Kathy Swan (chair, Cape Girardeau), Doris Carter (Florissant), Lowell Kruse (St. Joseph), Betty Simms (Ladue), Mary Beth Luna Wolf (St. Louis) and Dalton Wright (Conway).

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