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May 26, 2009
Northwest Regent Don Schneider, Wildwood, has formally resigned as a member of the University's governing board.
Schneider's current term on the Board of Regents expired in January, but he continued to serve because Gov. Jay Nixon has yet to name a successor to the eight-member panel.
Schneider said he notified both Nixon's office and board President James W. (Bill) Loch on May 16 that he was unable to continue as a regent due to professional responsibilities.
"I have been waiting to be replaced," he said. "It became apparent to me that the board has a tremendous amount of work to do with all the change that is currently occurring, and I just simply don't have the available time to devote to board activities. It has been an honor and privilege to serve. I have many wonderful memories that I will treasure always."
Now that Schneider has stepped down, the board will operate one member short until the governor appoints a new regent.
Schneider, a resident of the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood, was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Bob Holden in 2003. He held one of two seats that may be filled by citizens who live outside the University's traditional catchment area, which comprises 19 counties in northwest Missouri.
A former member of the U.S. Secret Service under presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Schneider is currently an assistant to St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.
"Don's loyalty and commitment to his alma mater, and his desire to ensure future generations of Northwest students with excellent educational and professional opportunities, have been hallmarks of his service as a regent," said University President Dean L. Hubbard. "I want to publicly thank Don for all his hard work and dedication, both as a member of the board and as a steadfast friend of Northwest.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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