MDHE Deputy Commissioner Discussing State Budget Challenges March 24 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 23, 2010 – Paul Wagner, deputy commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education, will speak to the Southeast Missouri State University community about the budget challenges facing the State of Missouri, and higher education in particular, at noon on March 24 in Academic Hall Auditorium.

Wagner will give a 30-minute presentation, “The Missouri Budget and Implications for Higher Education,” during a Common Hour program. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow.

During his presentation, Wagner will give an overview of Missouri’s state budget and discuss the nature of the federal stimulus package, the state’s current balance sheet, the outlook for higher education budgets and challenges for Southeast.

Wagner has served as deputy commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education since 2007.  Prior to that, he served six years as the education policy and budget analyst with the Missouri Senate. He earlier was legislative liaison and budget analyst for five years with the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Wagner graduated from Truman State University in 1993 with a bachelor of science degree in political science. He subsequently attended Baylor University and received a master’s degree in public policy and administration. He interned with the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in the administrative office of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist.