The wife of a conservative mega-donor will join a now fully-appointed panel tasked with taking a closer look at the University of Missouri, after racial justice protests last year led lawmakers to threaten funding cuts.
House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, announced his picks for the commission Wednesday, which include former Mizzou president Gary Forsee; Pamela Washington, a professor at Maryville University in St. Louis; Robert Duncan, who oversaw Mizzou’s research facilities in his former role as Vice Chancellor for Research; and Jeanne Sinquefield, who serves on the university’s Steering Committee and is married to St. Louis multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield.
Sinquefield and others will round out the eight-member commission after Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, appointed four members last week: David Spence, the 2012 Republican candidate for governor; farmer Neal Bredehoeft of the Missouri Soybean Association; conservative radio host Renee Hulshof; and Kansas City attorney Michael Williams.
The committee has $750,000 to review the school’s structure and operations, including its diversity programs, and will submit a report to the legislature in December. In a statement Wednesday, Richardson said he hoped the new members would provide “unbiased, objective feedback” on how to improve Mizzou.