Gov. Jay Nixon today nominated Donald L. Cupps, of Cassville, to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, which oversees the operation of the four-campus University of Missouri system.
"Don Cupps has long-standing, strong ties to the University of Missouri and to rural Missouri," Gov. Nixon said. "His experience in the business and agricultural communities, and his dedication to public education and community service will serve the people of Missouri well on the Board of Curators. I know he will continue to be a strong voice for rural Missouri in this position."
Cupps obtained his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. His wife, Mary, and both of his parents are graduates of the University of Missouri, as is his brother, David, who holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the school.
Cupps serves on the board of trustees for the Public School Retirement System of Missouri, and previously served on the boards of directors for the South Barry County Hospital District, the County Employee Retirement Fund, and the Cassville Industrial Development Corporation.
In his practice at the law firm of Ellis, Cupps and Cole in Cassville, Cupps often represents southwest Missouri farmers and their interests. He also is the attorney for the city of Cassville and for the Barry County Industrial Development Authority.
Cupps (D) will represent the Seventh Congressional District on the board; the Governor has nominated him for a term ending Jan. 1, 2017. The nomination will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.