Richard Short recognized for leadership of higher education compact
OVERLAND PARK, KS, AND MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Richard "Dick" Short, Goodland, KS, was recognized for his leadership as commission chair of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) during the commission’s semi-annual meeting held in Overland Park, KS, on November 13-14. Short’s term as chair began last November (2016-17). Previously he served as the Compact’s vice chair (2015-16), and a term as treasurer (2014-15).
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.
“Dick’s passion for education and commitment to our organization were significant in his leadership of the Compact this past year,” said Larry Isaak, MHEC president. “I am grateful for his effort to support our outreach in our member states by participating in seven of our state visits.
Short was initially appointed a MHEC commissioner in 2011, serving as Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s designee. Short also serves on the Northwest Kansas Technical College Area Board of Control as assistant treasurer.
“It has been special to serve as chair,” stated Short. “I enjoy the people that serve this organization and to see people come together to do the right thing for education.”
In addition to Short, current Kansas MHEC Commissioners are: Blake Flanders, president and CEO for the Kansas Board of Regents; Marci Francisco, senator for the Kansas Legislature; Kevin Jones, representative for the Kansas Legislature; and Helen Van Etten, board member for the Kansas Board of Regents. Barbara Ballard, representative for the Kansas Legislature; and Molly Baumgardner, senator for the Kansas Legislature serve as commissioner alternates.
Legislatively created, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s purpose is to provide greater higher education opportunities and services in the Midwestern region. Collectively, MHEC creates solutions that build higher education’s capacity to better serve individuals, institutions, and states by leveraging the region’s expertise, ideas, and experiences through multi-state: convening, programs, research, and contracts. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Learn more.
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