Thomson Garners Higher Education Policy Award

By Scherer, Ray | St. Joseph News-Press, January 19, 2014 | Go to article overview

Thomson Garners Higher Education Policy Award


Scherer, Ray, St. Joseph News-Press


The University of Missouri Alumni Association has honored Rep. Mike Thomson, R-Maryville, with the prestigious Henry S. Geyer Award.

Mr. Thomson and MU Chancellor Brady Deaton both received the award Jan. 13 at a ceremony in Jefferson City.

The Geyer Award is named after Henry S. Geyer, a former state representative who introduced the language to establish the University of Missouri in 1839. The award is presented annually by the association's Legislative Network Committee to one state- elected official and one citizen found to exemplify Mr. Geyer's dedication and spirit.

The Agriculture Alumni Organization nominated Mr. Thomson for the honor, noting his continuing efforts on behalf of higher-education public policy.

"His efforts are very meaningful and necessary to protect the future of higher education in our state," said Dianne Drainer, the association's advocacy director.

Mr. Thomson serves as chairman of the House Higher Education Committee and is a member of the budget, education and joint education committees. He has sponsored numerous bills since 2007 in support of higher education. The list includes creation of an at- large position for the Board of Curators following the loss of a congressional district and legislation for MU that protects the private financial records of its potential donors.

His other legislative achievements include the 2011 MU Presidential Citation Award.

"As a lifelong educator and now a legislator, I have worked to create the kind of public policy that benefits our students and our institutions of higher learning," Mr. …

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