Zora Mulligan was appointed Commissioner of Higher Education by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education on August 3, 2016. She previously worked for the Board as assistant commissioner and general counsel from 2007-2010. Mulligan recently served as chief of staff for the University of Missouri System. Additionally, she served as assistant attorney general from 2003-2007, and as the executive director of the Missouri Community College Association from 2010-2014. A native of West Plains, Missouri, Mulligan received her juris doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Kansas, and her bachelor’s degree from Drury College.