MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback has named three new members of the Kansas Board of Regents, including a Republican National Committee member and a former Kansas City, Kan. mayoral candidate.
Brownback introduced Helen Van Etten, Ann Murguia and Shane Bangerter during a news conference Thursday at Kansas State University.
The appointees will succeed Christine Downey-Schmidt, a former state senator from Inman; Dan Lykins, a Topeka attorney; and Janie Perkins, a Garden City school district administrator and former mayor.
The Board of Regents oversees the six state universities, 19 community colleges and six technical colleges.
Brownback recently signed a new state budget in which lawmakers cut funding for higher education. He and the current regents have expressed frustration with the Legislature’s decisions and have vowed to work to restore the cuts next year.