Sikeston Businessman Named Regent at Southeast Missouri

January 8, 2004 - Posted at 8:13 a.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Governor Holden taps Sikeston businessman Edward "Ned" Matthews to Southeast Missouri State University's board of regents.

Holden, a Democrat, named Matthews to one of the board's three Republican seats.  The appointment is for a six-year term.

Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, a Cape Girardeau Republican, recommended Matthews for the post and will sponsor Matthews' nomination in the Senate.

Matthews directs Matthews Cotton Company in Sikeston.  He also manages family farms in Mississippi, Scott, New Madrid and Dunklin counties.

He says he's excited about becoming one of the six voting members of the Cape Girardeau school's governing board.

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