Senator David Pearce recognized for leadership of higher education compact
ST. LOUIS, MO AND MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Missouri Senator David Pearce, was recognized for his leadership as commission chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in St. Louis, MO, on November 14-15. Senator Pearce’s term as chair began last November (2015-16). Previously he served as the Compact’s vice chair (2014-15), and a term as treasurer (2013-14).
One of four regional higher education compacts in the United States, MHEC is a nonprofit regional organization assisting its 12 member Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing.
“Senator Pearce’s leadership has been especially important during these past few years as MHEC has taken on new initiatives and the organization’s work has expanded. His commitment to not just his home state of Missouri but all the states in the Compact has helped improve MHEC’s impact on member states,” said Larry Isaak, MHEC president. “He made a significant effort to participate in nine of our state visits.
Senator Pearce was initially appointed a MHEC commissioner in 2003 when he was a Missouri state representative, he was reappointed in 2010, and has since been reappointed in 2011, 2013, and 2015.
“I have truly enjoyed my time as commissioner chair this past year. I am very proud of the work that MHEC has done and continues to do to further higher education in the Midwest,” stated Senator Pearce.
In addition to Pearce, current Missouri MHEC Commissioners are: Representative Allen Andrews, Missouri General Assembly; Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, president emeritus, Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. John McGuire, leadership coach, Achieving the Dream; and Mr. Mark W. Smith, associate vice chancellor and director of career planning and placement, Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Zora Mulligan, commissioner of higher education, Missouri Department of Higher Education serves as a commissioner alternate.
The compact seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote inno¬vative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Wisconsin has been a member state since 1994, additionally the Compact serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota.
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