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Brownback appoints three to Kansas Board of Regents; vows to fight for restored funding to higher ed

June 27, 2013, 10:14 a.m. Updated June 27, 2013, 1:47 p.m.


— Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents and vowed to work to restore recent funding cuts to higher education.

Gov. Sam Brownback introduces appointees to the Kansas Board of Regents during news conference Thursday at Kansas State University. From left to right are Shane Bangerter, Helen Van Etten, and Ann Brandau-Murguia.

Gov. Sam Brownback introduces appointees to the Kansas Board of Regents during news conference Thursday at Kansas State University. From left to right are Shane Bangerter, Helen Van Etten, and Ann Brandau-Murguia.

Helen Van Etten

Helen Van Etten

Ann Brandau-Murguia

Ann Brandau-Murguia

Shane Bangerter

Shane Bangerter

Shane Bangerter, an attorney from Dodge City; Ann Brandau-Murguia, a commissioner for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.; and Helen Van Etten, a Republican national committeewoman and audiologist with the Topeka school district were appointed to the regents.

They are replacing Christine Downey-Schmidt, a former state senator from Inman, Janie Perkins, a school district administrator and former mayor of Garden City, and Dan Lykins, a Topeka attorney.

The nine-member board oversees the six state universities, 19 community colleges and six technical colleges.

At a news conference at Kansas State University, Brownback described his appointees, who will require Senate confirmation to their four-year terms, as an "all-star team," whose members are passionate about the state.

Incoming Regents Chairman Fred Logan said to Brownback "You've knocked a home run."

The three come onto a board that has been highly critical of recent legislative cuts to higher education totaling $44 million over two years.

When asked about those cuts, the three appointees steered clear of criticizing legislators.

"It's not really our call what dollars we get, but the dollars that we do have, we need to be very good stewards of, and make sure that we're using our resources very wisely," said Bangerter.

Van Etten said higher education budgets are the result of a "balance act." Murguia praised both Brownback and the regents for advocating for higher education.

Brownback said he disapproved of the cuts, but he signed them into law. Today, he said, "I'm going to fight to get that restored."

Brownback said he has been meeting with legislators about higher education funding. "I think we have a good shot of getting stable funding for our four-year institutions."

In brief comments during the news conference, Bangerter, who is vice chair of the Dodge City community college board, said he wanted to make sure that higher education remained open, accessible and affordable.

Murguia agreed, noting the high poverty rate in her area, and Van Etten said her primary passion was education.

Murguia, whose commissioner district includes the Kansas University medical campus, recently was defeated in the race for mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.


konzahawk 9 months, 3 weeks ago

These appointments do not bode well for KU. Only one of the three appointees is a KU grad. Bangerter went to ORU undergrad and KU Law. He is a personal injury attorney and probably a wacko Christian, considering where he attended undergrad. Van Etten graduated from Wayne State and Florida. Being the State Republican Chairwomen, she will do nothing to upset the Koch Brothers. Finally, we have Brandau-Murguia. She did not attend a public university. Her degrees are from Ottawa and Baker.

So fellow Kansans, the Fuhrer has appointed a Christain wacko/ambulance chaser, a Koch Brothers lapdog and a person who has never attended a public school in her life to guide our public universities. Yes sir, Fred. Brownie knocked a home run!


Haiku_Cuckoo 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Dolph Simons must be upset that he wasn't picked. Expect a typical rant tomorrow in his weekly column.


Seth Peterson 9 months, 4 weeks ago

He will fight to raise the funding to replace the funding he helped cut?



Richard Heckler 10 months ago

And we know that Sam Brownback will be the largest spending candidate once again. No matter what.

Voters of Kansas how does it feel to be bought by politicians? Then piss and moan after they have robbed you?

Another 4 years of Brownback will make Kansas public schools a thing of the past. Replaced by high dollar corporate run schools WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS.


mikekt 10 months ago

You can fool the people some of the times and can scam the public most of the tine if you are brownie.



Lynn Grant 10 months ago

Brownback "vows" to fight to restore the funding to Higher Ed. Like he vows for greater transparency in his administration. His total lack of a veto on the cuts in the first place tells the tale. Of course this is 2013. He will do things differently in 2014, which conveniently is election year. I'm not buying what he is trying to sell.


BABBOY 10 months ago

Let's see.

Republican house. Republican Senate. Not getting why Brownback cannot get what he wants.

Maybe the tea party clowns are in the way.

Vote them out.

Agree with posters saying Brownback is just grandstanding. Vote him out as well. Good baby kisser that one is...


Steve Swaggerty 10 months ago

At he expense of what other Education or other Social Programs?


Linda and Bill Houghton 10 months ago

Brownback got the spending cuts he wanted. Now he is "grandstanding" for the universities saying that he will "try" to get the cuts restored. He is just trying to say that it is not his fault.


somebodynew 10 months ago

" Today, he said, "I'm going to fight to get that restored."

Wouldn't be much of a fight, if you hadn't let them get cut in the first place.

Political B.S., that is all.


Richard Heckler 10 months ago

Brownback cannot be trusted simple as that. As of this moment he is on the campaign trail.

Political rhetoric is on the radar. That's all he knows.

He could have vetoed the cuts. Brownback did not do that.

Brownback could have rejected the budget until the cuts were removed. He did not do that.

His words are without substance.

Brownback does not bring on people who disagree with his positions.


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