"The compact states will be well-served under her leadership during the search for a new compact president." - Michigan Rep. Pam Byrnes, Speaker Pro Tempore & MHEC Chair
Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 6, 2010
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) is pleased to announce that Lana Oleen of Kansas has accepted the interim president position for the compact. The former Kansas Senate Majority Leader has served as a MHEC commissioner and commissioner alternate representing Kansas from 1995-2009, MHEC chair from 2002-2004, and as MHEC interim president in 2003. She has begun working at the MHEC office in Minneapolis during a transition period in October.
"We are very pleased that Lana is available to take on this role again for MHEC," said Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes, speaker pro tempore and current MHEC chair. "The compact states will be well-served under her leadership during the search for a new compact president. Lana has a very good understanding of MHEC, the compact’s goals, and knows the MHEC commissioners and staff as well as the legislative and higher education leaders of the 12 member states."
In addition to Oleen’s years of service as a MHEC leader and commissioner, she has served on numerous MHEC committees, helped bring in new member states, and has spoken at state, regional and national events representing MHEC. She was presented with the 2009 Phillip Sirotkin Award for exemplary leadership in advancing Midwestern higher education through interstate cooperation last November during the MHEC annual meeting. Oleen served four terms in the Kansas Senate, while also helping to further higher education. She is a teacher by profession and does consulting on higher education issues.
“While I am sad to see MHEC’s president depart, I am honored to be asked to take on this role,” explained Oleen. “We’re at a challenging time with our economy and I am a true advocate for the great value that MHEC brings to our Midwestern region.”
Current President Larry Isaak has been leading the organization for the past seven years and will leave for the presidency at Capella University in Minneapolis at the end of the month.
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), founded in 1991, consists of twelve states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. MHEC sponsors a variety of programs to reduce costs, to increase student access and to conduct policy research and analysis. The compact is statutorily created and governed by a board comprised of five commissioners from each member state. Commissioners include legislators, governor’s representatives and higher education leaders. The compact is headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information about the compact, please visit http://www.mhec.org or call 612-626-8288.