Governor Injects Passion And Excitement Into Board Of Regents

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Upon choosing three new members to serve on the Kansas Board of Regents, Governor Sam Brownback didn't take the decision lightly.

"To me this is one of the most important decisions a Governor can make. The Board of Regents has a pretty broad authority," said Brownback.

The three chosen, Joseph Bain, from Goodland, Bill Feurerborn of Garnett and Zoe Forrester-Newton of Sedan, will serve four year terms expiring June 30th 2018.

The newly appointed members discussed the importance of affordable education, their experience and excitement.

Forrester-Newton said, "I strongly believe in a world class education that is reasonably priced. The state education system is how I was able to do that for myself."

"I remember what the first day of school is like and I have that same excitement and some of those same feelings looking forward to this position," said Bain.

Feuerborn said, "I know how important grade school is and getting through high school. I know what it's like at a state university and a community college and how important technical colleges are."

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Kenny Wilk spoke about the important legacy the board has accomplished over the years. Something Bain is eager to be a part of. "My main goal is simple and straightforward. It is to forward the great traditions of the universities in our system and all the institutions in our system," said Bain.

In addition to overseeing the state's higher education system, the board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, ged, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans.

Three new appointees background information:

• Joseph Bain is a partner in, and vice president of, Cure & Bain, P.C., a general practice law firm located in Kansas and Colorado. He received his bachelor of arts from Fort Hays State University and his juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law.

• Bill Feuerborn served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1995 – 2012, representing Anderson, Franklin, Linn, and Miami Counties. He received his bachelor of arts from Pittsburg State University and while in the legislature, served on a number of committees, including the House Appropriations and Education Budget Committees.

• Zoe Forrester Newton currently runs Newton’s Law, LLC, a private practice located in Sedan, and serves as the city attorney for Sedan. She received her bachelor of arts from Binghamton University in New York and her juris doctor from Cornell Law School.