Commissioners

MHEC is governed by a 60-member commission. Each member state has five appointed commissioners: the governor or the governor's designee; two legislators, one from each house; and two other at-large members, at least one of whom shall be selected from the field of higher education.

Illinois Commissioners
IL Commissioner: Mollie Foust

Mollie Foust

Illinois Governor’s Office
Governor's Designee; Senior Counselor to the Deputy Governors
Term: 10/8/2019 to to Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
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Alice Marie Jacobs

Illinois Board of Higher Education
Board Member
Term: 3/5/2019 to 1/1/2023
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Suzanne Morris

Illinois Community College Board
Vice Chair
Term: 6/7/2019 to 7/1/2023
IL-Commissioner Katie Stuart

Katie Stuart

Illinois General Assembly
State Representative; Member, Higher Education Committee
Term: 5/4/2021 to 1/2/2023

IL Commissioner Vacancy

Appointing Authority: President of Senate
Indiana Commissioners
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Charles R. Johnson Jr.

Vincennes University
President
Term: 3/27/2017 to 2/1/2021
IN-Commissioner Jack Jordan

Jack Jordan

Indiana General Assembly
State Representative
Term: 7/1/2020 to 7/1/2022
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Ken Sauer

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer
Term: 3/27/2017 to Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
IN-Commissioner David W. Wantz

David W. Wantz

Independent Colleges of Indiana
President & CEO
Term: 2/26/2020 to 2/29/2024
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Andy Zay

Indiana General Assembly
State Senator
Term: 6/28/2019 to 7/1/2021
Indiana Commissioner Alternate
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Teresa S. Lubbers

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Commissioner
Term: 1/5/2010
Iowa Commissioners
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Nancy Boettger

Board of Regents, State of Iowa
Regent
Term: 5/3/2017 to 6/30/2021
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Derrick R. Franck

Iowa Association of Community College Trustees
Board Member
Term: 7/1/2017 to 7/1/2021
IA Commissioner - Tim Goodwin

Tim Goodwin

Iowa Legislature
State Senator; Vice Chair, Ways and Means Committee
1/22/2021 to 1/8/2023
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Olivia M.A. Madison

Iowa Governor's Designee
Term: 5/1/2019 to 4/30/2021, Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
IA Commissioner - Sharon S. Steckman

Sharon S. Steckman

Iowa Legislature
State Representative; Member, Appropriations & Education Committees
Term: 4/29/2021 to 1/8/2023
Iowa Commissioner Alternates
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Andrew J. Baumert

Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Vice President for Marketing and Outreach
Term: 2/13/2020 to 1/1/2024
IA Commissioner Alt - Jacob Bossman

Jacob Bossman

Iowa Legislature
State Representative; Member, Appropriations & Education Committees
Term: 2/11/2021 to 1/8/2023
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Todd Brown

Iowa College Aid
Division Administrator, Financial Aid Program Administration
Term: 7/25/2017 to 7/1/2021
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Timothy Fitzgibbon

First National Bank
Senior Vice President
Term: 5/1/2019 to 4/30/2021, Serves at the Pleasure of the Governor
IA Commissioner Alt - Herman Quirmbach

Herman Quirmbach

Iowa Legislature
State Senator; Ranking Member, Education Committee
Term: 2/19/2021 to 1/8/2023
Kansas Commissioners
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Barbara W. Ballard

Kansas Legislature
State Representative
Term: 11/4/2019 to 7/1/2021
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Molly Baumgardner

Kansas Legislature
State Senator; Chair, Senate Education Committee
Term: 11/4/2019 to 7/1/2021
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Blake Flanders

Kansas Board of Regents
President and CEO
Term: 9/20/2018 to 6/1/2022
KS-Commissioner Aaron Otto

Aaron A. Otto

Kansas Governor's Designee
Term: 7/5/2019 to Serves at the Pleasure of the Governor
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Helen Van Etten

Kansas Board of Regents
Board Member
Term: 9/20/2018 to 6/1/2022
Kansas Commissioner Alternates
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Marci Francisco

Kansas Legislature
State Senator
Term: 11/4/2019 to 7/1/2021
KS Commissioner Alternate: Ken Rahjes

Ken Rahjes

Kansas Legislature
State Representative; Chair, Higher Education Budget
Term: 11/4/2019 to 7/1/2021
Michigan Commissioners
MI Commissioner - David Eisler

David L. Eisler

Ferris State University
President
Term: 3/26/2021 to 3/18/2025
MI-Commissioner Mark Huizenga

Mark Huizenga

Michigan Legislature
State Representative; Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges
1/1/2021 to 12/31/2022
MI-Commissioner Brandy Johnson

Brandy M. Johnson

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
Special Advisor, Sixty by 30
Term: 4/16/2019, Serves at the Pleasure of the Governor
MI-Commissioner Kimberly LaSata

Kimberly LaSata

Michigan Legislature
State Senator; Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Universities and Community Colleges
Term: 1/25/2021-1/25/2023
MI Commissioner - Bill Pink

Bill Pink

Grand Rapids Community College
President
Term; 8/16/2019 to 3/18/2023
Michigan Commissioner Alternates
MI Commissioner Alternate - Daniel J. Hurley

Daniel J. Hurley

Michigan Association of State Universities
Chief Executive Officer
Term: 7/1/2015
MI Commissioner Alternate - Casandra Ulbrich

Casandra Ulbrich

State Board of Education
President
Term: 1/9/2019 to Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
Minnesota Commissioners
MN-Commissioner Connie Bernardy

Connie Bernardy

Minnesota Legislature
State Representative; Chair, Higher Education Finance and Policy Division
Term: 1/2/2021 to 1/1/2023
MN Commissioner - Michael Goh

Michael Goh

University of Minnesota
Vice President for Equity and Diversity
Term: 4/30/2021 to 1/6/2025
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Devinder Malhotra

Minnesota State
Chancellor
Term: 3/3/2021 to 1/6/2025
MN-Commissioner Dennis Olson

Dennis Olson

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Commissioner
Term: 4/30/2019 to 1/2/2023; Serves at the Pleasure of the Governor
MN Commissioner - David Tomassoni

David Tomassoni

Minnesota Legislature
State Senator; President Pro Tem & Chair, Higher Education Finance & Policy Committee
Term: 1/5/2021 to 12/31/2022
Minnesota Commissioner Alternates
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Paul Cerkvenik

Minnesota Private College Council
President
Term: 12/8/2014
Missouri Commissioners
MO Commissioner: John Black

John Black

Missouri General Assembly
State Representative; Member, Higher Education Committee
Term: 3/18/2020 to 7/1/2021
MO-Commissioner Kayla Hahn

Kayla Hahn

Missouri Governor Michael Parson
Policy Director
2/6/2019 to Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
MO Commissioner -Cindy O'Laughlin

Cindy O’Laughlin

Missouri General Assembly
State Senator; Chairwoman, Education Committee
Term: 1/7/2021 to 1/2/2023
MO-Commissioner Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas

Truman State University
President
Term: 6/3/2019 to 1/1/2021

MO Commissioner Vacancy

Appointing Authority: MO Governor (Higher Education at-large)
Missouri Commissioner Alternate
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Zora Mulligan

Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development
Commissioner
Term: 8/29/2016
Nebraska Commissioners
NE Commissioner - John Cavanaugh

John Cavanaugh

Nebraska Legislature
State Senator
Term: 1/22/2021 to 1/1/2023
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Randolph M. Ferlic

Nebraska Governor's Designee
Term: 1/2/2019 to 1/1/2023; Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
NE Commissioner - Deborah A. Frison

Deborah A. Frison

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Chair
Term: 1/2/2019 to 1/1/2023
NE Commissioner - Susan M. Fritz

Susan M. Fritz

University of Nebraska System
Executive Vice President and Provost
Term: 1/2/2019 to 1/1/2023
NE Commissioner - Lynne Walz

Lynne Walz

Nebraska Legislature
State Senator; Member, Education Committee
Term: 1/22/2021 to 1/1/2023
Nebraska Commissioner Alternate
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Michael Baumgartner

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Executive Director
Term: 9/3/2014
North Dakota Commissioners
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Kyle Davison

North Dakota Legislative Assembly
State Senator, Member, Education Committee
Term: 6/19/2019 to 6/30/2021
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Tim Flakoll

North Dakota Governor's Designee
Term: 12/15/2016 to Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
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Mark Hagerott

North Dakota University System
Chancellor
Term: 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2023
ND Commissioner - Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson

North Dakota Legislative Assembly
State Representative; Member, Education Committee
Term: 6/19/2019 to 6/30/2021
ND Commissioner - Timothy Mihalick

Timothy Mihalick

State Board of Higher Education
Board Member
Term: 7/21/2020 to 6/30/2021
North Dakota Commissioner Alternates
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James L. Davis

Turtle Mountain Community College
Former President
Term: 2/14/2017
Ohio Commissioners
OH-Commissioner Rick Carfagna

Rick Carfagna

Ohio Legislature
State Representative; Assistant Majority Floor Leader
1/2/2021 to 1/1/2023
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Gary Cates

Ohio Department of Higher Education
Senior Vice Chancellor
Term: 1/9/2019 to 1/8/2023
OH-Commissioner Jerry Cirino

Jerry Cirino

Ohio Legislature
State Senator; Vice Chair, Senate Workforce & Higher Education Committee
Term: 2/10/2021 to 12/31/2022
OH Commissioner - Mike Duffey

Mike Duffey

Ohio Governor's Designee
Senior Vice Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Term: 1/29/2021, Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
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Jack Hershey

Ohio Association of Community Colleges
President & CEO
Term: 3/3/2021 to 1/8/2025
Ohio Commissioner Alternates
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Bruce Johnson

Inter-University Council of Ohio
President
Term: 1/10/2007
South Dakota Commissioners
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Michael Cartney

Lake Area Technical College
President
Term: 1/3/2021 to 12/31/2024
SD-Commissioner Erin Healy

Erin Healy

South Dakota Legislature
State Representative; Member, Education Committee
Term: 3/29/2021 to 12/31/2022
SD-Commissioner V.J. Smith

V.J. Smith

South Dakota Legislature
State Senator; Member, Education Committee
Term: 3/29/2021 to 12/31/2022
SD Commissioner - Larry J. Tidemann

Larry J. Tidemann

South Dakota Governor's Designee
1/11/2019, Serves At the Pleasure of the Governor
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Janelle Toman

South Dakota Board of Regents
Director of Communications
Term: 9/10/2018 to 6/30/2022
South Dakota Commissioner Alternates
SD Commissioner Alternate - Reynold Nesiba

Reynold Nesiba

South Dakota Legislature
State Senator; Member, Joint Committee on Appropriations
Term: 3/29/2021 to 12/31/2022
SD-Commissioner Alternate Marli Wiese

Marli Wiese

South Dakota Legislature
State Representative; Member, Education Committee
Term: 3/29/2021 to 12/31/2022
Wisconsin Commissioners
WI-Commissioner Connie Hutchison

Connie Hutchison

State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board
Executive Secretary
Term: 6/25/2019 to 7/1/2021
WI Commissioner - David Murphy

David Murphy

Wisconsin State Legislature
State Representative; Chair, Committee on Colleges and Universities
Term: 3/29/2021 to 6/30/2023
WI Commissioner - Stephen Nass

Stephen Nass

Wisconsin State Legislature
State Senator
Term: 3/18/2021 to 1/1/2023
WI-Commissioner Julie Underwood

Julie Underwood

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Emeritus
Term 4/2/2019, Serves at the Pleasure of the Governor
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Rolf Wegenke

Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)
President
Term: 3/14/2019 to 7/1/2023
Wisconsin Commissioner Alternates
WI Commissioner Alternate - Morna K. Foy

Morna Foy

Wisconsin Technical College System
President
Term: 3/11/2013
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Sean P. Nelson

University of Wisconsin System
VP of Finance
Term: 2/6/2018