University of Missouri curators to be attorneys
JEFFERSON CITY - At least seven of the nine members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators will be attorneys.
Senators on Thursday confirmed Maurice Graham and former Sen. Phillip Snowden, despite concerns from some that their appointments, will mean even more lawyers will serve on the board.
Gov. Jay Nixon had nominated three lawyers for the board, which would have meant eight of nine curators would be lawyers who graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law.
But a Senate panel on Wednesday rejected the nomination of Mary Nelson, general counsel and chief legal officer for the St. Louis Community College District.
Although lawmakers say many of Nixon's appointees were qualified, some questioned whether having a majority of lawyers on the board would represent the university system well.