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A.T. Still University (ATSU) President Jack Magruder is the new vice chair of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA) board.

Dr. Magruder was appointed to the MOHELA board by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in June, as the Private Higher Education Representative. He will serve a one-year term as vice chair, and his regular term on the board runs until October 2013.

“I did not believe that I had been here long enough to deserve the nomination by the committee,” Dr. Magruder said. “The rest of the board convinced me otherwise.”

Tom Reeves, the new MOHELA board chair, and president of Pulaski Bank in St. Louis, said that working alongside Magruder and the rest of the board is an honor.

“Dr. Magruder brings a wealth of higher education experience,” Reeves said. “He has a distinguished record of leadership in both public and private education, and I think his appointment will benefit MOHELA and the students that MOHELA deals with.”

“I am pleased to be a part of a board that helps students earn degrees,” Dr. Magruder said. “I am glad to do my part to help students be able to afford higher education.”

MOHELA is one of the largest student loan secondary markets in the country and assists thousands of students and families each year in the pursuit of their educational goals. The organization participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Program and services student loans for and purchases from lender partners. A self-supporting enterprise, the mission of MOHELA is to eliminate barriers for students so they can access higher education.

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Founding college of osteopathic medicine celebrates its newest D.O.s

Missouri Governor, the Honorable Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon,

Missouri Governor, the Honorable Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon,

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 1, 2009) – Missouri’s governor, the Honorable Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon, will address the newest class of graduates at KCOM—A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the founding osteopathic medical school—on Saturday, May 16.

KCOM is slated to hold its 117th annual commencement ceremony at Baldwin Hall Auditorium on the campus of Truman State University. As the school celebrates its new physicians, who number among more than 15,000 who have graduated since 1892, Governor Nixon will join them to deliver his keynote speech.

Governor Nixon took office on January 12, 2009, as Missouri’s 55th Governor. A native Missourian, he was born in De Soto, received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978, and a juris doctorate from UMC in 1981. After six years of work as state senator, he became Missouri’s attorney general in 1992, serving four straight terms and becoming the only person in Missouri to ever do so.

As attorney general, Governor Nixon took a strong interest in healthcare issues, working to improve access and education for his constituents. He joined state attorneys general across the nation in litigation against major companies for marketing cigarettes to young people. This suit brought a settlement of more than $1.2 billion to Missouri. Working on a more local level, he helped establish the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. ATSU President Jack Magruder said Nixon’s background made him a solid choice for graduating medical students.

“Almost every college in the state would love to have the sitting governor as their commencement speaker,” Magruder said, “and ATSU is very fortunate that he has agreed to speak to our students. Governor Nixon has done great work in providing healthcare to individuals in Missouri; his work with the Missouri Foundation for Health has led to better healthcare in the state and has also led to funding community health outreach, including at ATSU.”

This year 166 students are candidates for the degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine, eight will receive a master in biomedical sciences, and four will receive dual degrees. These new graduates represent nine different countries, including Kenya and Lithuania.

At the ceremony, Governor Nixon will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters (D.Hu.L.)degree, as unanimously voted upon by KCOM professors and the ATSU Board of Trustees.

“By awarding Governor Nixon this degree, we will be recognizing his championship of higher education and of broad access to high-quality healthcare in Missouri,” President Magruder said.

“This year’s graduates,” said KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O., “will go out as individuals representing the founding osteopathic medical institution, and they will together and individually make significant contributions to addressing the shortage of physicians in the United States and to whole-person healthcare in this country.”

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