MPER is governed by a board composed of the Superintendent from each member school district, a representative from community colleges approved for membership, the Dean of the College of Education & Human Development, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Missouri Commissioner of Education. The Governing Board is responsible for all policy decisions, oversees financial affairs, provides direction to the director, creates agendas, monitors projects, and continually facilitates the introduction of new programs.


Governing Board members are entitled to one vote. In addition, the Governing Board includes non-voting members as considered necessary.

The Governing Board’s Executive Committee serves as an advisory group to facilitate day-to-day operations of the Board (e.g., construct meeting agendas). The Executive Committee consists of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Director, College of Education & Human Development Dean, and immediate Past Chairperson. Elections are held every other year for the purpose of selecting a Chairperson and Vice-chairperson.