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University of Missouri Board of Curators elects officers for 2013

Wayne Goode of St. Louis was elected to a one-year term as chair of the University of Missouri Board of Curators during the board’s meeting Dec.6-7 in St. Louis. Don M. Downing of Webster Groves was elected vice chair. The leadership terms for Goode and Downing begin Jan. 1, 2013.

Goode, who served this year as the board’s vice chair, succeeds David Bradley of St. Joseph, whose board term as chair expires Dec. 31. Goode currently is a member of the Compensation and Human Resources and Finance committees.

Goode was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1962 and the Missouri Senate in 1984. He represented the 13th Senatorial District in St. Louis County until his retirement in January 2005. From 1995 to 2000, he served as vice chair and then chair of the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee. 

He is a member of numerous boards and serves as chair of the Missouri State Capitol Commission. He also serves on the board of the Missouri Historical Society, and is treasurer of the Missouri Foundation for Health and the L-A-D Foundation.

Goode received a bachelor’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Downing was appointed to the Board of Curators in March 2009.  An attorney, he is an officer and shareholder with the firm of Gray, Ritter and Graham, P.C., in St. Louis; he also previously served as managing partner of the St. Louis office of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP and as Chief Deputy Attorney General for the state of Missouri.

Downing received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from MU in 1979 and his juris doctorate from the MU School of Law in 1982.

The Board of Curators is the governing body of the University of Missouri and consists of nine members who are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Curators serve six-year terms with three terms expiring every two years.

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Reviewed 2012-12-07