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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.

Dr. Marilou Joyner
mjoyner3663@yahoo.com

Dr. Marilou Joyner

Chair of the Board (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.


Roxanna Swaney

Roxanna Swaney

Vice Chair of the Board (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.


Jason Klindt
jason.klindt@gmail.com

Jason Klindt

Member (R)
Residence: Kearney, 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 Moore
jfmoorekc@aol.com

Pat Harr

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

John Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in finance at Northwest in 1978 and has remained an active volunteer and supporter of the University, including as a former member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors. He retired in 2014 as chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, capping a successful 33-year-career with the Federal Reserve System.


Deborah Roach

Deborah Roach

Member (D)
Residence: Grant City, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2025

Deborah Roach was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2019. Roach has served in various roles with the United States Postal Service since 2000.


Richard "Dick" Smith
rnsmith@grm.net

Richard Smith

Member (R)
Residence: Bethany, 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 "Guy" Speckman
appraise@stjoelive.com

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.


Mel Tjeerdsma
nwcoacht1@gmail.com

Mel Tjeerdsma

Member (R)
Residence: Maryville, Missouri
Term Expires: Jan. 1, 2025

Mel Tjeerdsma earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Southern (S.D.) State College in 1967 and a master’s degree from Northwest in 1977. Tjeerdsma served as Northwest’s director of athletics from the spring of 2013 until retiring from that role last April. He was the head football coach at Northwest from 1994 to 2010 and led the Bearcats to a 183-43 record, capturing three NCAA Division II national championships and 12 MIAA titles. A member of several halls of fame, Tjeerdsma was inducted last December into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Melissa Evans
mevans@nwmissouri.edu

Melissa Evans

Secretary to the Board of Regents