Nixon names 3 new UM curators to fill board vacancies

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed three members and a student representative from the Columbia campus to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

The interim appointees can take office immediately, without confirmation by the Missouri Senate and serve until Nixon’s successor takes office next year.

Filling the three vacancies on the board will be Mary Nelson, general counsel for St. Louis Community College; Tom Voss, former chief executive of Ameren Corp. who now chairs Smart Wires, a global grid optimization company; and Jon Sundvold, the former MU basketball star who is now president and founder of Sundvold Financial, an investment advisory firm.

Nixon also named Gene Patrick Graham of Columbia to fill the slot of non-voting student representative on the board. Graham is majoring in vocal music education and expects to graduate in the spring of 2018.

Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, has gone on record saying the Senate is unlikely to confirm any new curator appointees until January, when Missouri has a new governor.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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