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
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Kelly Burke

Illinois General Assembly
Chair, House Appropriations - Higher Education Committee
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Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board
Executive Director
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Suzanne Morris

Illinois Community College Board
Board Member
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Alice Marie Jacobs

Danville Area Community College
President Emerita
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Pat McGuire

Illinois General Assembly
Chair, Higher Education Committee
Indiana Commissioners
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Greg Goode

Indiana State University
Exec Dir of Government Relations
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Charles R. Johnson Jr.

Vincennes University
President
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Wendy M. McNamara

Indiana General Assembly
Assistant Majority Whip
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Andy Zay

Indiana General Assembly
State Senator
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Ken Sauer

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer
Indiana Commissioner Alternate
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Teresa S. Lubbers

Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Commissioner
Iowa Commissioners
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Nancy Boettger

Board of Regents, State of Iowa
Regent
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Derrick R. Franck

Iowa Association of Community College Trustees
Board Member
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Tim Kraayenbrink

Iowa Legislature
Chair, Education Appropriations Subcommittee
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Olivia M.A. Madison

Iowa State University
Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of Library Services
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Sharon S. Steckman

Iowa Legislature
Ranking Member, Education Committee
Iowa Commissioner Alternates
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Andrew J. Baumert

Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Vice President for Marketing and Outreach
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Jane Bloomingdale

Iowa Legislature
Representative
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Todd Brown

Iowa College Student Aid Commission
Division Administrator, Financial Aid Program Administration
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Timothy Fitzgibbon

First National Bank
Senior Vice President
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Wally Horn

Iowa Legislature
Senator
Kansas Commissioners
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Blake Flanders

Kansas Board of Regents
President and CEO
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Marci Francisco

Kansas Legislature
Senator
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Kevin Jones

Kansas Legislature
Chair, Higher Education Budget Committee
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Richard E. Short

Kansas Governor's Designee
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Helen Van Etten

Kansas Board of Regents
Chair, Academic Affairs Subcommittee
Kansas Commissioner Alternates
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Barbara W. Ballard

Kansas Legislature
State Representative
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Molly Baumgardner

Kansas Legislature
Chair, Education Committee
Michigan Commissioners
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David L. Eisler

Ferris State University
President
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Kimberly LaSata

Michigan Legislature
Chair, Higher Education House Appropriations Subcommittee
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Bill Pink

Grand Rapids Community College
President
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Tyler Sawher

State of Michigan
Senior Strategy Advisor for Education and Career Connections
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Tonya Schuitmaker

Michigan Legislature
President Pro Tempore and Chair of Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee
Michigan Commissioner Alternates
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Daniel J. Hurley

Michigan Association of State Universities
Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Commissioners
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Karen Hanson

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Executive Vice President and Provost
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Devinder Malhotra

Minnesota State
Interim Chancellor
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Bud Nornes

Minnesota State Legislature
Chair, Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance
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Lawrence J. Pogemiller

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Commissioner
Minnesota Commissioner Alternates
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Lyndon R. Carlson

Minnesota State Legislature
DFL-Lead, Ways and Means Committee
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Paul Cerkvenik

Minnesota Private College Council
President
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Sandra Pappas

Minnesota State Legislature
State Senator
Missouri Commissioners
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Charles Ambrose

University of Central Missouri
President
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Allen Andrews

Missouri General Assembly
Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Appropriations-Education
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David C. Knes

Valley Park School District
Superintendent
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Gary Romine

Missouri General Assembly
Chair, Senate Education Committee and Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Education
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Mark W. Smith

Washington University in St. Louis
Assoc. Vice Chancellor/Director Career Planning & Placement
Missouri Commissioner Alternate
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Zora Mulligan

Missouri Department of Higher Education
Commissioner
Nebraska Commissioners
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Sue Crawford

Nebraska Legislature
Senator
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Randolph M. Ferlic

University of Nebraska
Former Regent and Former MHEC Chair
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Deborah A. Frison

Nebraska Department of Education
Deputy Commissioner of Education
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Susan M. Fritz

University of Nebraska
Executive Vice President and Provost and Dean of the Graduate College
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Rick Kolowski

Nebraska Legislature
Vice Chair, Education Committee
Nebraska Commissioner Alternate
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Michael Baumgartner

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
Executive Director
North Dakota Commissioners
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Kyle Davison

North Dakota Legislative Assembly
Senator
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Tim Flakoll

Tri-College University
Provost
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Mark Hagerott

North Dakota University System
Chancellor
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Dennis Johnson

North Dakota Legislative Assembly
Representative
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Donald Morton

North Dakota University System
Chair, State Board of Higher Education
North Dakota Commissioner Alternates
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James L. Davis

Turtle Mountain Community College
President
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Robert Lauf

State of North Dakota
Higher Education Policy Advisor
Ohio Commissioners
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Gary Cates

Ohio Department of Higher Education
Senior Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Enterprise Development
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Stephanie Davidson

Ohio Department of Higher Education
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
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Mike Duffey

Ohio General Assembly
Chair, Higher Education and Workforce Development
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Randy Gardner

Ohio General Assembly
Majority Floor Leader
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Jack Hershey

Ohio Association of Community Colleges
President
Ohio Commissioner Alternates
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Bruce Johnson

Inter-University Council of Ohio
President
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David Ponitz

Sinclair College
President Emeritus
South Dakota Commissioners
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Julie Bartling

South Dakota Legislature
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Michael Cartney

Lake Area Technical Institute
President
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Larry J. Tidemann

South Dakota Legislature
Chair, Appropriations Committee
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Janelle Toman

South Dakota Board of Regents
Director of Communications and Executive Director, Capital University Center
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Patrick Weber

State of South Dakota
Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor
South Dakota Commissioner Alternates
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Mary Duvall

South Dakota Legislature
Representative
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Reynold Nesiba

South Dakota Legislature
State Senator
Wisconsin Commissioners
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Joan Ballweg

Wisconsin State Legislature
Representative
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Donald Madelung

Governor's Designee
MHEC Commissioner
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Rolf Wegenke

Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)
President
Wisconsin Commissioner Alternates
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Morna Foy

Wisconsin Technical College System
President
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Sean P. Nelson

University of Wisconsin System
VP of Finance