Nixon wants new curators to get to work in finding new UM System president

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon expects the three new members of the University of Missouri System Board of Curator to hit the ground running on an important task: choosing a new president.

Nixon appointed Mary Nelson, Thomas Voss and Jon Sundvold to the board last week. During a stop in St. Louis on Thursday, Nixon said he wanted “a full, diverse, strong board” to make “the decisions to get leadership – permanent leadership – for the University of Missouri System and the campus.”

That system was thrown into turmoil last year after Tim Wolfe resigned as president amid protests over the treatment of black students at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mizzou Chancellor Bowen Loftin stepped aside from his job soon after Wolfe’s departure.

“I think all of those curators understand that they’re together now in a boat,” Nixon said. “And they need to get those leadership decisions made so that we can move to the next positive chapter for the University of Missouri System.”

The search for permanent leadership comes as Mizzou deals with a plunge in Fall enrollment – which has subsequently resulted in financial problems for the institution. Nixon said “now that there’s a full compliment on the board, they’re in the position to make the biggest decisions that you can make for an institution.”

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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