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April 19, 2012
Northwest Missouri State University Regent James W. (Bill) Loch, of Maryville, has formally resigned as a member of the University's governing board.
Loch’s term on the Board of Regents expired in January, but he continued to serve because a successor has not been named to the eight-member panel.
Loch made the decision earlier this month, saying he wished to return his full attention to his business and personal life.
“My appointed time had elapsed and I’m a person that believes lame-duck appointments should not be involved in decisions, especially decisions that are budget-related,” Loch said. “I was appointed to serve six years and I did so diligently. I served the University to the best of my ability using my business background and using my common sense.”
He added, “I was blessed to have been able to serve with many quality people during my term. All of the Board was called upon to make various difficult decisions that will serve to be foundation blocks for Northwest’s future. Northwest will be around for a long time.”
Loch was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2006 by then Gov. Matthew Blunt. His tenure included a term as Board president, during which he chaired the University’s presidential search committee in 2009, resulting in the appointment of Northwest’s 10th president, Dr. John Jasinski.
Loch is vice president of the Maryville-based Loch Sand and Construction Co. and has many longstanding ties to the University. He attended Northwest between 1969 and 1972.
“We all know volunteer work sometimes goes unnoticed or unappreciated, and I extend a hearty thank you to Bill for his huge service over the last half dozen years and his support of Northwest,” Jasinski said.
With Loch’s resignation, the Board is operating with five members as it awaits appointments of three members to fill the panel.
The Board of Regents has responsibility for sound resource management of the University and determines general, educational and financial policies.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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