The Briefing: Board of Curators short five members

The nine-seat UM System Board of Curators will go into their first meeting of the calendar year short five members, the Columbia Tribune reported Jan. 26.

The terms of three members, Pam Henrickson, Jon Sundvold and Donald Cupps, expired Dec. 31, and two others, Mary Nelson and Thomas Voss, resigned. Nelson, Voss and Sundvold were all appointed by former Gov. Jay Nixon in June.

The curators next meet Feb. 9 at MU. Five curators must be in attendance to reach quorum. UM System spokesman John Fougere said in an email that Henrickson and Cupps would remain active until their replacements are confirmed, so six members will be in attendance. Sundvold was a recess appointment who was not confirmed by Senate.

Nelson and Voss both cited personal reasons for their resignations. Nelson was the only black member of the board.

Fougere said that while the agenda has not been finalized, topics for discussion will include an update on the UM System budget, revisions to University Collected Rules and Regulations that relate to diversity, equity and inclusion, and an overview of the UM System Review Commission report.

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