Government Relations

UM Legislative Update Newsletter

April 13, 2007

Legislator profile: Rep. Kathlyn Fares

Rep. Kathlyn Fares (R-Webster Groves) serves as chair of the House Appropriations-Education Committee and as a member of the Higher Education and Budget Committees. “I see higher education as a continuation of excellence we should strive for in the educational process,” Fares said. “By this I mean a seamless system of K-16 for Missouri citizens. We must have an educated workforce to compete in today’s global economy. I see higher education as strong economic development in our state.”

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Fares, who received a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Missouri State University, is a former secondary school teacher who has taught in both the Riverview Gardens and Webster Groves school districts.

She was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2000 to represent District 91, part of St. Louis County, which includes Glendale, Oakland, Shrewsbury and most of Webster Groves. Fares served on the Missouri Commission on the Future of Higher Education and chaired the St. Louis Regional Legislative Caucus.

“We must continue to meet the needs of a traditional education, as well as provide for cutting-edge training as the world changes,” Fares said. “We need innovative programs, strong professors, good research, and we must be able to fund these efforts.”

Fares sees the mission of the University of Missouri, a public, land-grant research institution, as providing affordable and accessible education to Missouri citizens. “Given the resources the University has, I think it does well, but all of higher education institutions must strive to do better.”

The University’s contribution to economic development in the state is huge, Fares said. “All of the campuses in the University of Missouri system have different programs, and students who become the workforce for this state.”

With a background in education and her current role in the House, Fares recognizes that “all higher education institutions add to the quality of life we enjoy.”

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