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Statement regarding special board of curators meeting

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John Fougere

Chief Communications Officer

University Relations

Dec 02, 2010

Contact: Jennifer Hollingshead
Office: (573) 882-0601
E-mail: hollingsheadj@umsystem.edu

COLUMBIA, Mo.-- The Board of Curators met in special closed session late today, where they learned from President Gary D. Forsee of his wife’s recent cancer diagnosis following emergency surgery last week that will require him to be away from the office for an extended period of time.

He told the board his current delegations of authority to chancellors and vice presidents will remain in effect, and asked the board to endorse an additional delegation of authority to Steve Owens, general counsel of the University of Missouri System. In Forsee’s absence, Owens will handle all other matters normally addressed by the president.

Forsee said: “I appreciate the board’s understanding and support, and Sherry and I appreciate the expressions of care and concern from our many university colleagues and friends around the state.”

[The Board of Curators meeting scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10 in St. Louis will be held as planned. The agenda for this meeting will be posted next week, as usual.]