Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

April 14, 2006

MU Alumni Association presents 2006 Geyer Awards

 

The University of Missouri-Columbia and the MU Alumni Association presented the 2006 Geyer Public Service Awards to Rep. Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs), Rep. Brian Yates (R-Lee’s Summit), and Columbia realtor Richard Mendenhall for their efforts on behalf of higher education and the University. The awards are given each year to public officials and citizens in recognition of their support of the campus, and are named in honor of the legislator who sponsored the bill that formed the University of Missouri in 1839.

Pratt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from MU. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 and represents part of eastern Jackson and western Lafayette counties. He was reelected in 2004 and serves as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Pratt has worked closely with Mizzou students and has sponsored legislation giving students a voting membership on the Board of Curators.

Yates earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from MU. He was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 and represents part of Jackson County. He was reelected in 2004 and currently serves as the chair of the Insurance Policy Committee and on the Budget Committee. He has worked with alumni and students to strengthen the state’s commitment to higher education and reinforce MU’s role as Missouri’s major public research university.

Mendenhall, a Columbia native, holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from MU. In 1968 he served as a Green Beret military adviser in Vietnam, where he received an Honor Medal from the Vietnamese government. He is the owner of REMAX/Boone Realty, the oldest real estate firm west of the Mississippi. He has served as a realtor for more than 31 years, and is currently the co-chair of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations, serving almost 1.5 million members worldwide. With the help of other Mizzou supporters, he has worked to form the Mizzou Flagship Council to support key political interests and government relations critical to the advancement of MU.

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