The University of Missouri System has three new curators — an attorney and two business leaders.
Gov. Eric Greitens announced the appointments to the UM System Board of Curators on Wednesday, saying, “These curators bring knowledge and real-world experience to the table.”
Joining the board for a six-year term:
▪ Darryl Chatman, general counsel for Missouri’s Department of Agriculture. He is a former Mizzou linebacker and played from 1993 to 1996. Last summer, Chatman was named to a five-person advisory committee to find a new MU athletic director.
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▪ Jeff Layman, a senior portfolio management director in Morgan Stanley’s Portfolio Management Group and the founder of The Layman Group at Morgan Stanley.
▪ Jamie Farmer, president and principal of Farmer Holding Co., the parent company of building products and aggregate companies in the Midwest.
All three are alumni of the University of Missouri. None could be reached for comment.
“We have the potential to make Missouri’s higher education system a national model,” Greitens said in a statement. “Our state has excellent students, talented teachers, and a people committed to education. There are also many areas where higher education can be improved. We can encourage more intellectual diversity and become the best state in the country at preparing students for rewarding careers.”
Curators Donald Cupps, an attorney from Cassville, and Pamela Henrickson, an attorney from Jefferson City, are leaving the board with expired terms. Both, at different times, served as chairman of the board during racially charged unrest on the Columbia campus in the fall of 2015.
Henrickson chaired the board through the termination of Melissa Click, the former communications professor reprimanded for calling for “muscle” to block a student journalist trying to document a protest on campus.
Following the unrest, three curators abruptly left the board, citing reasons for their resignations that ranged from health to family and business responsibilities.
Former Gov. Jay Nixon then appointed three new members: former NBA player Jon Sundvold; business executive Thomas R. Voss; and Mary E. Nelson, an attorney. Voss and Nelson resigned their seats last year.
At the end of January, Greitens withdrew the nominations of Sundvold and Patrick Graham, a University of Missouri senior who had been appointed by Nixon last June to serve as a nonvoting student representative on the board.
With the governor’s three new board appointments, two voting member seats and the student seat remain vacant.
University officials had no comment on the governor’s appointments.
The board of curators is the nine-member governing body for the UM System’s four campuses in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and Rolla.