The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) announced the appointment of Richard Short as commission chair for the organization. The commission’s meeting was held November 14-15, in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Short has served as a MECH commissioner after being appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in 2011.
“I am excited to lead this organization as chair and look forward to working with commissioners and the staff as we strive to have an impact with MHEC’s programs and services as we face ongoing challenges in higher education,” said Mr. Short.
Mr. Short is also a long-time board member for Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, where he currently serves as the board’s assistant treasurer.
The compact seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Kansas higher education institutions, school districts, state and local governments, as well as students and families saved over $5 million in FY16 by using MHEC’s cost savings programs and services, and it’s student exchange program.
Pictured from L to R: 2016-17 MHEC Officers: Vice Chair, Tim Flakoll (ND); Chair, Richard Short (KS); Treasurer, Ken Sauer (IN).