7 of 9 University of Missouri curators to be attorneys

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Governor Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ At least seven of the nine members of the University of Missouri Board of Curators will be attorneys.

Senators Thursday confirmed Maurice Graham and former Sen. Phillip Snowden, despite concerns from some that their appointments will mean more lawyers on the board.

Gov. Jay Nixon recently nominated four lawyers for the board, which would have meant eight of nine curators would be lawyers who graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law.

But a Senate panel Wednesday rejected the nomination of Mary Nelson, general counsel and chief legal officer for St. Louis Community College District.

The Senate confirmed former state Rep. David Steelman last month.

Although lawmakers say Nixon’s appointees were qualified, some questioned whether having a majority of lawyers on the board would represent the university system well.