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The Carthage Press
  • Nixon appoints Carthage attorney to MSSU Board of Governors

  • With one sophomore in college and a senior at Carthage High School in her household, Carthage Attorney Tracy Flanigan feels she has a unique perspective to offer if her appointment to a seat on the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors is approved by the full Senate.
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  • With one sophomore in college and a senior at Carthage High School in her household, Carthage Attorney Tracy Flanigan feels she has a unique perspective to offer if her appointment to a seat on the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors is approved by the full Senate.
    “I've spent the last four years in college search mode,” Flanigan told The Carthage Press on Wednesday. “In the last four years I've visited 14 college campuses so in a way I feel uniquely qualified in this one specific aspect.”
    Gov. Jay Nixon's office announced the appointment in a press release on Wednesday.
    Scott Holste, spokesman for Nixon, said Flanigan, said she will replace Richard Walter, current president of the board, whose term expired in August 2013.
    “Flanigan operates a private practice in Carthage and in Fort Worth, Texas,” the governor's office said in its release. “As part of her practice, she serves as outside legal counsel to the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. Flanigan previously was assistant general counsel for the company. She obtained her law and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Aug. 30, 2019.”
    Flanigan said she's “very excited,” to be appointed and is looking forward to serving on the nine-member pannel.
    She said State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, approached her about serving on the board a few weeks ago and she agreed.
    Richard also serves as Majority Floor Leader on the Senate, which still must approve Flanigan's appointment. Flanigan said she was told to expect to travel to Jefferson City for a hearing before Senators sometime in the next 30 days.
    “I have a great deal to learn,” Flanigan said. “I guess the main thing is humility. I'm approaching this with a great deal of humility and looking forward to learning. I've known some fantastic kids from Carthage that have gone on to Missouri Southern and my biggest goal would be to stay the course and continue offering a high quality education.”
    Flanigan is joining the board as the University is in the midst of a search for its fifth permanent president. A presidential search committee was named in November and they're expected to meet for the first time later this month.
    Bruce Speck resigned last summer after five tumultuous years as University president, and retired Crowder College President Dr. Alan Marble was named to the post on an interim basis.
    Flanigan's husband, Matt Flanigan is Chief Financial Officer of Leggett & Platt Inc., in Carthage. She has two children, Bren, a sophomore at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and Anne, a senior at Carthage High School.
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