University of Missouri curator Pam Henrickson of Jefferson City on Friday was elected to a one-year term as chairwoman of the board.
Henrickson, selected by fellow curators during their scheduled meeting in St. Louis, replaces Donald Cupps, whose term ends this month.
Maurice B. Graham of St. Louis will serve as vice chairman.
The leadership terms for Henrickson and Graham are effective Jan. 1.
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Henrickson, a partner in the Jefferson City law firm of Goller, Feather and Henrickson, was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to the university board in January 2011.
An alumni of the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Henrickson also has served as general counsel for the Missouri Division of Design and Construction, the state agency responsible for real estate leasing, land acquisition and construction of state-owned facilities.
Graham, a lawyer and president of the law firm of Gray, Ritter and Graham PC, was appointed to the board in January. He graduated from Missouri’s law school and has been a member and chairman of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, which oversees attorney discipline in Missouri.
The two step into their new roles on the nine-member board just weeks after claims of racism and racial oppression on the flagship campus in Columbia led to the resignation of the university system president and university chancellor. The University of Missouri remains at the center of a national movement for diversity and inclusion on college campuses.