At its April 12, 2007, meeting, the CBHE charged the Commissioner of Higher Education with appointing a task force to develop new higher education funding policies. Those new policies should provide the basis for requesting and distributing higher education appropriations in a consistent, policy-driven manner. The Board specifically directed that the task force should include representatives from Governor Blunt's office, the two- and four-year sectors, the legislature, and MDHE staff. Commissioner Dr. Robert B. Stein appointed the members of the task force, commonly referred to as the "HEF" (Higher Education Funding) Task Force, and named MDHE Deputy Commissioner Paul Wagner as its chairman. The recommendations of the task force will undergo review by COPHE, MCCA, and Linn State prior to being shared with the CBHE Presidential Advisory Committee and forwarded to the CBHE for review and action. The task force is working to complete its recommendations by June 2008 in time to impact the FY 10 higher education budget request.

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  • Paul Wagner - Chair
  • Brenda Albright - Consultant, higher education funding expert
  • Don Claycomb - Linn State
  • Don Doucette - Community Colleges
  • Hal Higdon - Community Colleges
  • Evelyn Jorgenson - Community Colleges
  • Dr. Brady J. Deaton - Public Four-year
  • Mary Beth Luna Wolf - Governor's Office
  • Carolyn Mahoney - Public Four-year
  • Alan Marble - Community Colleges
  • Michael Nietzel - Public Four-year
  • Aaron Podolefsky - Public Four-year
  • Mike Price - House Staff
  • James Scanlon - Public Four-year
  • Henry Shannon (Carla Chance) - Community Colleges
  • Senate Staff - Vacant

Higher Education Funding Task Force

Communications Sub-Committee Members

  • Zora AuBuchon - MDHE Staff
  • David Russell - 4 Year Public
  • Ann Brand - Community Colleges
  • Clif Davis - Community Colleges
  • Beth Wheeler - 4 Year Public
  • Wendy Baker - MDHE Staff

Higher Education Funding Task Force

Technical Advisory Group

  • Adam Koenigsfeld - MDHE Staff
  • Ken Dobbins - Public Four-year
  • Larry Gates - Public Four-year
  • Robbie Meyers - Community Colleges
  • Rick Mihalevich - Linn State
  • Dave Rector - Public Four-year
  • Gary Steffes - Community Colleges
  • Al Tunis - Community Colleges