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Northwest Missouri State University


Northwest Board of Regents

The Board of Regents serves as the governing body for Northwest Missouri State University. The nine members, including a non-voting student regent, are appointed by the governor and approved by the Missouri Senate. The board holds the Northwest vision in highest regard.

Pat Harr

Dr. Pat Harr
teamdr74@gmail.com

Chair of the Board (R)
Residence: Maryville
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2019

Pat Harr was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2013. He spent 38 years practicing medicine in Maryville and served as a volunteer physician for Northwest athletics teams before retiring in 2012. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended Northwest where he studied pre-medicine.


Dr. Marilou Joyner

Dr. Marilou Joyner
mjoyner3663@yahoo.com

Member (D)
Residence: Kansas City, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2021

Marilou Joyner was appointed to the Board in 2015 and is the chief executive officer and owner and administrator of Cameron Group Care Inc. She is a longtime educator in northwest Missouri public schools and was assistant commissioner for the Division of School Services within the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Joyner obtained her bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees from Northwest, and she has a doctorate in education from the University of Kansas.


Jason Klindt

Jason Klindt

Member (R)
Residence: Kansas City, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2023

Jason Klindt was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2018. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations at Northwest in 1999 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University in 2002, is senior manager of customer intelligence at KCP&L, where he has been employed since 2014. His professional experience also includes 10 years as a communications director in the U.S. Congress.


John Richmond

John Richmond 
johnwesleyrichmond@gmail.com

Member (D)
Residence: Albany, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2019

John Richmond was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2013. He served 29 years as the president and CEO of Northwest Medical Center in Albany. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s degree in hospital administration from Webster University.


Richard Smith

Richard Smith
rsmith@cainsville.k12.mo.us

Member (R)
Residence: Coffey, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2019

Richard Smith was appointed to the Board in 2015 and is part-time superintendent of schools at the Cainsville R-1 School District and was superintendent of schools for the South Harrison R-11 School District in Bethany, Mo., from 2004 to 2008. He also served as a principal and teacher in the district from 1973 to 2004. Smith obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwest as well as his specialist in education degree.


George Speckman

George Speckman

Member (I)
Residence: St. Joseph, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2023

George Speckman, a 1989 graduate of Northwest, operates Touchdown Publications, which owns, operates and publishes the Savannah Reporter, a weekly newspaper in Savannah, and The St. Joseph Daily Courier, a daily legal publication in St. Joseph. He also owns and operates Pinnacle Valuation Services, a real estate valuation company serving the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas.


Roxanna Swaney

Roxanna Swaney

Member (R)
Residence: Liberty, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2024

A 1984 graduate of Northwest, Roxanna Swaney has worked for CenturyLink since 1999, serving in multiple positions within the company, including her current role as lead sourcing analyst. She is past president of the ArtsTech Board, a past president of the Institute for Supply Management-Kansas City and the former president of the Clay County Parks and Recreation Board.


Janay Orange

Janay Orange

Student Regent (Non-Voting)
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Term Expires: Dec. 31, 2019

Janay Orange, a graduate of Oak Park High School in Kansas City, is a senior public relations major with a minor in criminal justice. She is active at the University in the Northwest Dance Company; the Student Activities Council; the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and the TRIO mentoring program.


Kiersten Orton

Kiersten Orton
korton@nwmissouri.edu

Interim secretary to the Board of Regents