October 13, 2010

Jefferson City - Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Thomas Strong of Springfield and Dalton Wright of Conway to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education for terms ending June 27, 2012, and June 27, 2014, respectively.

Strong, an Independent, graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.  He founded Strong-Garner-Bauer, P.C. in 1976 and remains active in the firm in an advisory and teaching role.  He has been recognized in publications such as The Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who in American Law.  He has served as president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Board of Law Examiners and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.  Strong is a current member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization consisting of 100 of the leading trial lawyers in the nation. 

Wright, a Republican, is president/owner of Ozark Media, which includes the Lebanon Daily Record and several weekly newspapers, radio stations and an internet service provider serving multiple communities in Missouri.  He is the current chairman of the Lebanon Downtown Business District and the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission.  He also holds a Presidential appointment as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Missouri (West).  Wright is a current member of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Ambassadors.    Wright formerly served as president of the National Newspaper Association and the Missouri, Central Missouri, and Ozark press associations. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Wright was inducted into the Missouri Press Hall of Fame in 2000.

"Both individuals bring new and unique perspectives to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education," said David Russell, Interim Commissioner of Higher Education. "We are fortunate to have the service of these highly successful Missourians."