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Gov. Sam Brownback on June 27 named Unified Government Commissioner Ann Brandau-Murguia as one of the appointees to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Other appointees are Shane Bangerter, Dodge City, Kan., and Helen Van Etten, Topeka.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
Murguia said she was very excited about the appointment.
The Board of Regents oversees six public state universities, including the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, including Kansas City Kansas Community College, and six technical colleges. The nine members of the Board of Regents are appointed by the governor to four-year terms.
Murguia has a Bachelor of Arts degree in human services from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan., and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan. She is the 3rd District commissioner of the Unified Government and the executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association in Kansas City, Kan.
The governor announced his appointments to the board Thursday at a news conference at Kansas State University, Manhattan.
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, Fla. 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 received his Bachelor of Science from Oral Roberts University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.
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 received her Bachelor of Education in Health Education-Special Education from National Taiwan Normal University; her Master 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, Kan., 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.