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Mizzou hearing

Michael Middleton (center), interim president of the University of Missouri System, listens during a University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting to hear student complaints and potential solutions at the Reynolds Alumni Center at Mizzou on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. He is flanked by Steve Owens, general counsel, and John Phillips, curator. Photo by Cristina M. Fletes, cfletes@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS • Gov. Eric Greitens filled three positions on the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Friday, including one representing part of the St. Louis area.

The three appointees are Republicans Jeff Layman of Springfield and Jamie Farmer of Jefferson City; plus Democrat Darryl Chatman.

All three names were submitted to the Senate for confirmation consideration.

Layman, who has a bachelor’s in business administration and management from Missouri State University, works as a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Springfield. He replaces Donald Cupps, whose term expired Jan. 1. He also worked as finance chairman for Greitens’ campaign.

Jamie Farmer is president of Capital Sand Proppants LLC, a Jefferson City-based construction materials company. She replaces Pamela Henrickson, whose term also expired Jan. 1.

She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Trulaske School of Business, and holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Chatman, a St. Charles County native, is listed as general counsel for the Department of Agriculture, starting under former Gov. Jay Nixon.

He has four degrees from Mizzou: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science, a master’s in agricultural economics and a J.D. He also has a master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina State University.

The announcement came days after the typically nine-member board met at Mizzou. Six members showed up for the meeting, including two curators whose terms recently expired. It’s standard that board members continue to attend after their term expires until a replacement is chosen.

“Our state has excellent students, talented teachers, and a people committed to education,” Greitens said in a statement Wednesday. “There are also many areas where higher education can be improved. We can encourage more intellectual diversity and become the best state in the country at preparing students for rewarding careers.”

Ashley Jost is the higher education reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.