Three new members have been appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Gov. Sam Brownback. Each will serve a four-year term that will expire June 30, 2017.
The new regents are Shane Bangerter of Dodge City, Ann Brandau-Murguia of Kansas City and Helen Van Elten of Topeka.
"Our institutions of higher education are major drivers of economic growth in our state. The Regents play a key role in our long-term strategy to create good jobs in Kansas," Brownback said. "Shane, Ann and Helen bring a great amount of experience and talent to the board and I am excited they've agreed to serve our great state."
The Kansas Board of Regents is comprised of nine members, all appointees of the governor. It serves as the governing board for the six state university and as the coordinating board for 26 additional public community colleges, technical colleges and one municipal university.
Shane Bangerter has practiced law in the state of Kansas for more than 23 years and is a founding partner of Rebein Bangerter Rebein P.A. which has offices in Dodge City and Tampa, Florida. Among the many organizations he is involved with, Bangerter serves as Vice Chair of the Dodge City community College Board of Trustees and the Young Life Start Up Board in Dodge City. He earned his bachelor of science from Oral Roberts University and his juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Ann Brandau-Murguia is the Executive Director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association in Kansas City, KS. She also serves as 3rd District Representative on the Kansas City, KS Unified Government Board of Commissioners. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Ottawa University and her Masters of business Administration from Baker University.
Helen Van Etten is an Audiologist with the Topeka Public School District. She is on the Board of Governors for the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series and is a member of Heartland Sertoma Club. She earned her Bachelor of Education in Health Education/Special Education from National Taiwan Normal University; her Masters of Audiology at Wayne State University and her Doctorate of Audiology Program from University of Florida.
The Board also administers the state's student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. And it approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network.