Dobbins Appointed Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commissioner

by News Bureau on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 22, 2013 — Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon as a commissioner for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC).

MHEC is one of four interstate compacts in the nation devoted to advancing cooperation and resource sharing in higher education with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. The member states of the Compact are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

MHEC informs public policy decision making by responding to current trends and issues and providing regional information and data tailored to each member state’s unique situation. Since 1992, the Compact has undertaken several initiatives to increase productivity, reduce administrative costs, and increase student access, saving states and citizens more than $441 million.

“As a long-time member of MHEC,” Dobbins said, “ I am pleased to be appointed by Governor Nixon to MHEC, and I look forward to working with the other commissioners. Southeast has been able to take advantage of MHEC’s Master Property Program which provides comprehensive property coverage, specifically tailored to our needs.” With almost 100 higher education institutions as members of MHEC, the organization encourages student access, completion and affordability; facilitates public policy analysis, information exchange, and regional academic cooperation and services; promotes quality educational programs, and encourages innovation in the delivery of educational services.

Other Missouri commissioners include Sen. David Pearce, chair of the Missouri Senate Education Committee; Dr. David R. Russell, Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education; Mark W. Smith, associate vice chancellor at Washington University; and Missouri Representative Mike Thomson, chair of the Higher Education Committee.