The Coordinating Board for Higher Education was established by an amendment to the Missouri Constitution in 1972. The nine-member board oversees the Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, which serves as the administrative arm of the board and is led by the commissioner.

The board members — one from each of Missouri's eight congressional districts and one selected at large — are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. They serve six-year terms.

 

Gwendolyn Grant, 2021 secretary

Gwendolyn Grant, 2022 chair

 

Gwendolyn Grant was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in August 2018. Grant is the president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City and is the co-founder of the League's Servant Leadership Development  Program. Grant is the founder and facilitator for Destination: Wealth Creationä, and Personal Pathways to Powerful Leadership for Women.

 

Grant, a Democrat from Kansas City, holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Park University and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University. She serves as president of Kansas City Public Schools Building Corporation Board, is involved with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Board of Directors, the National Association for Multicultural Education, and has received numerous honors and awards.

Gary Nodler, 2021 vice chair

Gary Nodler, 2022 vice chair

 

Gary Nodler was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in August 2018. Nodler served in the Missouri Senate from 2003 to 2011. He served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and on several committees during his time in the Missouri Senate, including chairman of the appropriations and education committees.

 

Nodler, a Republican from Joplin, attended Crowder College and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Missouri Southern State University. Nodler served in the United States Army and in the Missouri National Guard. He is a member of Webb City First Christian Church and the American Legion.

Dudley McCarter

Dudley McCarter, 2022 secretary

 

Dudley McCarter was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in September 2019. McCarter is a founding member of Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. He previously served as president of The Missouri Bar and the St. Louis County Bar Association, and was a captain in the United States Army Reserves. He was the first in his family to graduate with a college degree.

 

McCarter, an Independent from St. Louis, earned his bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri. He served as president of the Mizzou Alumni Association, a board member of the Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri, and the Parkway School District school board.

Joe Cornelison

Joe Cornelison

 

Joe Cornelison was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Eric Greitens in December 2017. Cornelison served 26 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel. In 1995, after retirement, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission until its transfer to Panama at the end of 1999. He has nine years of experience in higher education law; first as a university general counsel, then as this department's general counsel and finally as a senior counsel for Husch Blackwell, LLP in Kansas City, from which he has since retired.

Cornelison, a Republican from Maryville, earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master's degree from Western Kentucky University, and a law degree from Georgetown University. 

Shawn Saale

Shawn Saale

 

Shawn Saale was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Eric Greitens in August 2017. Saale is a partner at Saale & Bailey, LC. He specializes in estate law, business succession planning, and charitable giving. He is a member of the American, Missouri, and St. Charles County Bar Associations and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

 

Saale, a Republican from Defiance, serves on the board of directors for Enterprise Bank & Trust and the board of directors for Emmaus Homes. He is past president and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of St. Charles - Sunrise. He also served as chairman of the board for SSM St. Joseph Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital West Foundation and as a director for Community Living, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Allen Brooks, chair

Allen Brooks

 

Allen Brooks was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in July 2021. Brooks is currently the Fleet Operations Manager for McLane Livestock Transport, Inc., having been with the company since 1997. Before joining McLane Transport, Brooks served as a Traffic Engineer II for the City of Montgomery, Alabama, and is a member of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies.

 

Brooks, a Republican from Poplar Bluff, earned his bachelor's degree in urban studies and political science from Auburn University at Montgomery. He previously served as Chairman of the Three Rivers Endowment Trust and the Three Rivers College Booster Board as Treasurer.

Anne-Marie Clarke

Anne-Marie Clarke

 

Anne-Marie Clarke was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in February 2021. Clarke is retired, having most recently served as the 47th Chair of the Judicial Council Division of the National Bar Association. She previously served as judge of the Family Court, and as hearing officer for the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court. Her more than 33 years of service made her one of the longest-serving judicial officers on the city bench.

 

Clarke, an Independent from St. Louis, attended Forest Park Community College, and Northwest Missouri State University. She holds a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law and was the first Black woman to serve on the Board of Police Commissioners for St. Louis City, also becoming the first woman to serve as its president.

 

Hollie Elliot

Hollie Elliott

 

Hollie Elliott was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in February 2021. Elliott is the executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group with HME Consulting. She previously worked in public affairs and economic development for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Elliott serves on numerous boards, including the Women’s Business Center, City of Buffalo Rotary, Dallas County Community Foundation, and University of Missouri Dallas County Extension, among others. She also helps manage the family cow-calf operation.

 

Elliott, a Republican from Fair Grove, holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, and a master’s degree in administrative studies, agriculture advocacy from Missouri State University.

 

Phil Hoffman

Phil Hoffman

 

Phil Hoffman was appointed to serve on the CBHE by Gov. Mike Parson in February 2021. Hoffman is retired, now working with the family cow-calf operation. Until 2018, Hoffman was the manager of the Hoffman & Reed, Inc., a retail distributor of seed, feed, grain and agricultural chemicals, which in 2014 became GFG AgServices. Hoffman has served on various boards including president of the Grundy County Fair Board, Trenton Rotary Club, and Trenton Board of Public Works.

 

Hoffman, an Independent from Trenton, attended what is now North Central Missouri College before earning his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his master’s in agronomy at the University of Missouri.

Zora Mulligan, Commissioner of Higher Education