The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 8, 2014

Carthage attorney named to MSSU governing board

JOPLIN, Mo. — Tracy Combs Flanigan, a Republican from Carthage, has been appointed to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors, the office of Gov. Jay Nixon announced Wednesday.

Flanigan operates a private law practice in Carthage, although she said she has scaled back her services this year. She previously worked for more than 20 years as legal counsel for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. She obtained her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri, the governor’s office said.

Flanigan said she hopes to bring to the board her experiences as a “consumer of college services.” She said she has spent the past four years visiting and evaluating more than a dozen college campuses across the country with her son, who now attends a university in Lexington, Va., and her daughter, who is a high school senior and looking at college prospects.

“I think based upon what I’ve gone through personally, it will be a great experience to help other people who have been in the shoes I’ve been in,” Flanigan said. “I think all colleges are expensive for kids and parents, or whoever is footing the bill, but my personal goal for Missouri Southern would be to stay on course so it can continue to be a place where students can get a high (quality) education for a relatively low cost. I think the school does a great job at that.”

Flanigan’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate, which is expected to take place within the next 30 days, and will bring the board to capacity at eight members, plus one student board member.

With the addition of Flanigan, the board would be made up of three Republicans, four Democrats and one independent. According to state law, no more than four board members may belong to any one party.

Two members are serving on expired terms, which they are allowed to do under state law for as long as they are willing and until the governor names their successors. Chairman Richard Walter’s term expired in August 2013. He is an independent from Joplin. The term for board member Rod Anderson, a Democrat from Monett, expired in September 2009.

Other members of the board are: Lynn Ewing, a Nevada Democrat whose term expires in August 2015; Sherry Buchanan, a Joplin Democrat whose term expires in August 2014; Jim Fleischaker, a Joplin Democrat whose term expires in August 2017; Keith Hankins, a Stockton Republican whose term expires in August 2016; and Mitch McCumber, a Noel Republican whose term expires in August 2018. Noah Triplett is the student representative to the board.

Dates of term

TRACY FLANIGAN will serve a term on the MSSU Board of Governors ending Aug. 30, 2019.

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