Topeka – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback introduced his latest three appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents during a news conference held on the campus of Kansas State University Thursday morning. Shane Bangerter, Dodge City; Ann Brandau-Murguia; Kansas City; and Helen Van Etten, Topeka will each serve a four year term, expiring June 30, 2017.
"Our institutions of higher education are major drivers of economic growth in our state. The Regents play a key role in our long-term strategy to create good jobs in Kansas," Gov. Brownback said. "Shane, Ann and Helen bring a great amount of experience and talent to the board and I am excited they've agreed to serve our great state."
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is appointed by the governor. It is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state's 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges).
Shane Bangerter has practiced law in the state of Kansas for more than 23 years and is a founding partner of Rebein Bangerter Rebein P.A. which has offices in Dodge City and Tampa, Florida. Among the many organizations he is involved with, Bangerter serves as Vice Chair of the Dodge City community College Board of Trustees and the Young Life Start Up Board in Dodge City. He earned his bachelor of science from Oral Roberts University and his juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Ann Brandau-Murguia is the Executive Director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association in Kansas City, KS. She also serves as 3rd District Representative on the Kansas City, KS Unified Government Board of Commissioners. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Ottawa University and her Masters of business Administration from Baker University.
Helen Van Etten is an Audiologist with the Topeka Public School District. She is on the Board of Governors for the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series and is a member of Heartland Sertoma Club. She earned her Bachelor of Education in Health Education/Special Education from National Taiwan Normal University; her Masters of Audiology at Wayne State University and her Doctorate of Audiology Program from University of Florida.
"The Governor has appointed three great Regents. Shane Bangerter's community college trustee background will be a tremendous asset. Ann Murguia has an outstanding record of civic and public leadership in Kansas City, Kansas and the greater Kansas City area. Helen Van Etten is a passionate supporter of higher education. I know I speak for all of the Regents when I say that we are excited to work with Shane, Ann, and Helen," Regents Vice Chair Fred Logan said.
The Board also administers the state's student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. And it approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network.
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