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Former Mizzou football player among Greitens' picks for university system's governing body

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Gov. Eric Greitens wants a former Mizzou football player and two others with ties to the state’s flagship university campus to help oversee the University of Missouri System.

The new curators-in-waiting are Darryl Chatman, Jeff Layman and Jamie Farmer. They all studied at the Columbia campus, and need to be confirmed by the state Senate.

Greitens announced the three appointments to the Board of Curators on Wednesday. The spots were open after he withdrew former Gov. Jay Nixon’s interim appointments.

“We have the potential to make Missouri’s higher education system a national model,” Greitens said in a statement. “There are also many areas where higher education can be improved. We can encourage more intellectual diversity and become the best state in the country at preparing students for rewarding careers.”

Chatman, an attorney, was a Mizzou linebacker in the 1990s. He holds two master’s degrees and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

If approved, Chatman would be the only African-American on the nine-person board. In response to racial unrest at Mizzou in 2015, auditors have recommended diversifying the four-campus university network.

Layman works in private wealth investment with Morgan Stanley and previously was a trustee of Ozarks Technical Community College.

Farmer is an entrepreneur and president and principal of Farmer Holding Company, a parent company for several Midwest businesses.

The Board of Curators next meets in April, when they’ll consider a response to Greitens’ proposed higher education budget cuts — and possibly a hefty systemwide tuition increase.

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Ryan Delaney
Ryan is a reporter on the education desk at St. Louis Public Radio, covering both higher education and the many school districts in the St. Louis region. He has previously reported for public radio stations WFYI in Indianapolis and WRVO in upstate New York. He began his journalism career working part time for WAER while attending Syracuse University. He's won multiple reporting awards and his work, which has aired on NPR, The Takeaway and WGBH's Innovation Hub. Having grown up in Burlington, Vt., he often spends time being in the woods hiking, camping, and skiing.