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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Aug. 23, 2016

    Governor appoints four to Northwest Board of Regents

    Jerry Genochio

    Jerry Genochio

    Matt Kitzi

    Matt Kitzi

    Roxanna R. Swaney

    Roxanna R. Swaney

    Gov. Jay Nixon has announced his appointments of Jerry Genochio (D), of Kansas City; Matt Kitzi (D), of Columbia; and Roxanna R. Swaney (R), of Liberty; as well as Student Regent Janay Orange to the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents.

    All of the appointments must be confirmed by the Missouri Senate before they can become official.

    If confirmed, Genochio fills the Board seat of Robert Dowis (D), of Conception, who was appointed to the Board in January 2012 but never served because the governor withdrew the appointment. Kitzi fills the Board seat of James W. “Bill” Loch (D), whose term ended in January 2012. Swaney fills the Board seat vacated by Joseph B. Bosse (R), whose term expired in January, but he continued to serve through June.

    Orange fills the seat of Ve’Shawn Dixon as the Board’s student representative. Dixon’s term ended Dec. 31, 2015, although he also served through the spring. The student regent is a non-voting member of the Board.

    A 1991 graduate of Northwest, Genochio is the producing director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Previously, he was production manager for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Sacramento Theatre Company. He also was an adjunct associate professor for the Master of Fine Arts programs at the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina. His Board term will end Jan. 1, 2017.

    A 1997 graduate of Northwest, Kitzi is a partner with the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale and serves as co-chair of the firm’s emerging companies practice group and securities regulatory and litigation practice group. In 2005, Kitzi was appointed by then-Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to serve as commissioner of securities. He oversaw the Missouri Securities Division and led efforts to protect investors in Missouri, serving in that role until 2012. His Board term ends Jan. 1, 2023.

    A 1984 graduate of Northwest, 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. Her Board term expires Jan. 1, 2023.

    Orange, a graduate of Oak Park High School in Kansas City, is a 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 Muticultural Student Success and the TRIO mentoring program. She also is a student security officer with the University Police Department. Her term ends Dec. 31, 2017.

    The nine-member Board of Regents is responsible for sound resource management of the University and determining general, educational and financial policies. Dr. Patrick B. Harr (R), of Maryville, serves as Board chair, and Francis “Gene” Dorrel (R), of Maryville, is its vice chair. Dr. Marilou Joyner (D), of Kansas City; John W. Richmond (D), of Albany; and Richard N. Smith (R), of Coffey; round out the Board.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468