JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The state Senate has rejected the appointment of a former Democratic lawmaker and school association official to the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
Senators voted 19-12 Thursday to defeat the nomination of Gary Sharpe to the oversight board for state colleges and universities. Some Republican senators expressed concern about Sharpe's time in the Legislature and uncertainty about his position on changes to college scholarships.
Sharpe had been nominated for the higher education board by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He had been paid as a policy consultant during Nixon's gubernatorial campaign.
Sharpe, of Jefferson City, retired in 2007 after 19 years as executive director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators. He previously served in the Missouri House and held positions at schools in Missouri and Illinois.
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