Lloyd Smith of Sikeston, Missouri, and Vivek Malik of Wildwood, Missouri, have been appointed by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to serve as members of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.
Smith replaces Jay B. Knudtson of Cape Girardeau, whose term on the Board has expired. Malik replaces the late Dennis Vinson of Cape Girardeau who passed away Dec. 1. Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.
Smith served as the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party until his retirement in 2013. He previously served as chief of staff to both U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson and the late U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson, totaling 28 years of service to Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. Smith also previously represented the U.S. Congress as senior staff assistant for agriculture and hunger issues in Brussels, Berlin, Moscow, London and Rome. He was the Missouri political director for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2004 and has advised over two dozen statewide legislative candidates. He also is completing a two-year term on the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority Board. He is a 1973 graduate of Southeast where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with a major in speech education. His wife, Marlys, is also a Southeast graduate, and they are the parents of three children.
Malik is a practicing attorney with the Law Offices of Vivek Malik. Prior to establishing his practice, he worked for Lashly & Baer, P.C. Malik has extensive experience in immigration law, including business, family, asylum and removal defense. He has worked with companies across a range of industries and has helped businesses attract skilled workers in various worker visa categories. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, a solicitor of England and Wales, and an advocate of the Delhi Bar Council. Malik has received several awards and recognitions. He was recognized by the Missouri Senate in 2015 for his achievements and community contributions, awarded the Diverse Business Leader Award by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2010, named an Up and Coming Lawyer by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2010, and was named a Top 30 Under 30 professional by the Southeast Missourian’s former “Business Today” magazine in 2007. Malik holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Mahrishi Dayanand University in Rohtak, Haryana, India. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Laws/Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign. He is married to Riju Malik.