For Immediate Release:
Nov. 20, 2013

Contact: Matt Michelson
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Senator Pearce Named to Leadership Position for Higher Ed Compact

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, was recently elected treasurer for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) at the annual commission meeting in Omaha. He will serve in this position for one year.  

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to serve in this important poition,” Sen. Pearce said. “The knowledge that my colleagues have placed their trust in me is something for which I am so very thankful.”

The compact was created in 1991 to provide greater opportunities and services to students of higher education through collaboration and resource-sharing to its 12 member-states throughout the midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Each member-state appoints five individuals to the commission, creating a 60-member governing body, which consists of legislators, higher education leaders and governors’ representatives.

“I served this compact in 2003-2004, 2011-2012, and then again this year, 2013,” Sen. Pearce said. “I look forward to continuing discussions with my fellow commissioners to map out necessary or potential changes as we continue moving forward with serving higher education and how we can affect it.”

After serving a term of one year as treasurer, Sen. Pearce will continue to rise through the leadership ranks. His election this year will automatically lead to a vice chairman position in 2015 and chair of the regional organization in 2016.

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Larry Isaak, President of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and
Sen. David Pearce (right) after the senator’s election as MHEC’s 2014 treasurer.