Vol. 44, No. 31

CONTACT:  JIM MORRIS
Director, Public Information
573-751-3469

April 12, 2010

Gov. Nixon Appoints New Member to State Board of Education

Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the appointment of Russell C. Still, Columbia, to the State Board of Education.   Mr. Still will replace Dr. Russell V. Thompson, also of Columbia, who has served on the State Board of Education since 1994. 

Mr. Still’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.  He was a member of the Columbia Board of Education from 1996 to 2005, serving as president during 2003-04.  A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, he has been an attorney with the Columbia firm of Harlan and Still since 1984.

Dr. Thompson joined the State Board of Education in 1994, following his retirement from serving nearly 20 years as superintendent of the Columbia School District.  He was re-appointed to the State Board in 2002, and he has served two terms as president of the state board. 

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro praised Dr. Thompson for his “soft-spoken but strong leadership” on the State Board of Education.

“Dr. Thompson has been a great friend of public education in Missouri for 50 years, and he has been an important voice in determining state education policy since 1994,” she said.

Dr. Thompson also was honored yesterday (April 11) by Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.  He received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Honors Day Luncheon sponsored by the College of Education and Human Services.