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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.


John Moore
jfmoorekc@aol.com

Pat Harr

Chair of the Board (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.


Roxanna Swaney
rswaney05@sbcglobal.net

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.


Lydia Hurst
blyd@tarko.net

Lydia Hurst

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

Lydia Hurst was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2020. Hurst grew up in rural Atchison County and attended Westboro R-4 and Tarkio R-1 Schools before attending Northwest Missouri State University where she graduated with a BS in Marketing. Lydia married T. Brooks Hurst in 1995 and they have three children Alissa 21, Isabella 19 and Gus 16. The girls are attending the University of Missouri and Gus is a Junior at Tarkio R-1. Lydia and T. Brooks are partners in Brooks’ family farming operation, Hurst Farms. Lydia also works as an Assistant Manager at the Flower Mill in Tarkio, Mo.


Dr. Marilou Joyner
mjoyner3663@yahoo.com

Dr. Marilou Joyner

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@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.


Deborah Roach
danroach@grantcity.net

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.


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