Ann Brandau-Murguia is among the three new members appointed today to the Kansas Board of Regents by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Brandau-Murguia, executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association in Kansas City, Kan., Dodge City lawyer Shane Bangerter and Helen Van Etten, an audiologist with Topeka Public Schools, each will serve four-year terms that expire on June 30, 2017.
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They replace former regents Christine Downey-Schmidt, a former state senator; Topeka lawyer Dan Lykins; and former Garden City Mayor Juana “Janie” Perkins. All three had served two four-year terms beginning in 2005.
The nine-member Board of Regents governs the state’s six public universities and is the coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions — the six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges. The board hires the chancellors and presidents that lead University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Fort Hays, Emporia and Pittsburg State, and approves tuition rates for each of those four-year institutions.
Fred Logan of Leawood is board chairman.
Brandau-Murguia also is the 3rd District representative on the Kansas City, Kan., Unified Government Board of Commissioners. She’s a graduate of Ottawa University, where she earned a bachelor of arts in human services, and Baker University, where she earned a master’s degree in business administration.
“Our institutions of higher education are major drivers of economic growth in our state. The Regents play a key role in our long-term strategy to create good jobs in Kansas,” Gov. Brownback said in a statement released Thursday morning. “Shane, Ann and Helen bring a great amount of experience and talent to the board and I am excited they’ve agreed to serve our great state.”