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Two appointed to Board of Governors

Kayla Schoonover Lee Tieman

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed Kayla Schoonover of Fairfax, Missouri, and Lee Tieman of St. Joseph to the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors.

Schoonover earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Missouri Western. She has worked for the Mound City R-2 School District since 1998 and is currently a special education instructor, head volleyball coach and athletic trainer. Before her teaching career, she worked at Missouri Western as an assistant athletic trainer, head softball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach. She previously served briefly on the board in 2016. Schoonover fills a term that has been vacant since 2016. Her term expires Oct. 29, 2022.

Tieman has been an attorney in St. Joseph since 1994, and previously served as an assistant general counsel to the Missouri Public Service Commission. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History-Government and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law. Tieman succeeds Al Purcell, whose term expired last month. Tieman’s term expires Oct. 29, 2024.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit