Gov. Jay Nixon today nominated Craig A. Van Matre, of Columbia, to serve on the University of Missouri Board of Curators, which oversees the operation of the four-campus University of Missouri system.
"Craig Van Matre has long provided valuable counsel to leading citizens of mid-Missouri and is very well-respected in the legal, business and education communities," Gov. Nixon said. "I am pleased to nominate him to help guide the University of Missouri System in its mission of providing a top-notch, first-class education to thousands of students."
Van Matre is president of the law firm of Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Pitzer & Taylor. His practice in Columbia, which he has operated since 1975, often deals with complex financial transactions.
Van Matre obtained his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri and his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law, which recently honored him with its Citation of Merit award. He also served as an adjunct professor at the law school. Van Matre also earned a post-graduate law degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Gov. Nixon appointed him in 2010 as a member of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Van Matre has stepped down from that board to serve on the Board of Curators. He also previously served a member of the board of trustees for Stephens College, as chairman of the community advisory committee to the Missouri Foundation for Health, as vice chairman of the Boone County Mental Health Board of Trustees.
A licensed commercial pilot, Van Matre is a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Air Force.
Van Matre (D) will represent the Ninth Congressional District on the board; the Governor has nominated him for a term ending Jan. 1, 2013. The nomination will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.